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Unformatted text preview: hone at age 16, compared with just 6% of teens from wealthier homes. The trend
persists through various income brackets, with teens more likely to get their phones at
earlier ages in higher income households. Parents and teens offer a variety of reasons why teens first get a cell phone. For many
families, safety and an increased sense of connectedness is a major motivator. One high
school girl told us, "I was a freshman in high school when I got one. …[T]he school I go
to is downtown. My parents wanted to keep track of me." Another middle school girl
offers a more frightening
Pew Internet & American Life Project scenario: "[My mom ’s] been going crazy on me because one
Teens and Mobile Phones | 128 time this guy followed me home. So my mom is like having a panic attack …. I don ’t
really get along with girls that good, I don ’t really like gossip and drama, so she usually families, safety and an increased sense of connectedness is a major motivator. One high
school girl told us, "I was a freshman in high...
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