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their own money through summer jobs and part -time employment during the school
year as they grow older. Teens with their own separate service plan are more likely to
use the cell phone to go online (39%) than those who are covered by a family plan
(26%), further suggesting that as they grow more independent, teens use their resources
to expand their use of the cell phone. Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 94 to expand their use of the cell phone. Responses in the focus groups also illustrate how cost is an important factor in whether
the internet is included in their service plan, especially for younger teens who are more
financially dependent on their parents. This theme is reflected in several comments from
teens in middle school, such as "[The] internet costs more and half the time I ’m around
a computer anyway so there ’s really no point of having it." Another younger teen
explained: l I had the internet [on my phone] for a while but I didn ’t really use it because I didn ’t
really need it. So my mom cut it and was like, ‘You aren ’t using it. ’ But now I realize
I would like to h...
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