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point for ownership is in middle school. About six in ten (66%) of all children in our
sample had a cell phone before they turned 14. Slightly less than 75% of all high school
students had a cell phone. This report particularly highlights the rapid rise of text messaging in recent months.
Some 72% of all US teens are now text message users, 7 up from 51% in 2006. Among
them, the typical texter sends and receives 50 texts a day, or 1500 per month. By way of
comparison a Korean, Danish or a Norwegian teen might send 15 – 20 a day and
receives as many. Changes in subscription packages have encouraged widespread
texting among US teens and has made them into world class texters. As a result, teens in
America have integrated texting into their everyday routines. It is a way to keep in Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 15 touch with peers even while they are engaged in other social activities. Often this is done
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