Unformatted text preview: Several teens
noted that to call means that it is something that is important. However, if the teens are
simply checking in with one another, texting is an easy way to touch base. A middle
school boy said, "If I ’m texting, it ’s just people I hang out with everyday." And a high
school girl said, "I text more than I talk. . . like my family I call, but its like friends and
stuff text me." Mobile voice: Sometimes has advantages over texting.
As noted earlier in this chapter, after texting, the most common way to contact friends
was calling via the cell phone. Overall, 72% of all teens, not just those with a cell phone,
say they make voice calls on a mobile phone and 38% did so on a daily basis. Among cell
phone owners, 50% made calls on a daily basis. Interestingly only 4% of those with a
mobile phone reported never making calls. This compares with 28% who never use the
texting function. Put another way, while 96% of teens who have a mobile phone use it to
make calls, "only" 72% use it for texting. Clear...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones