Teens-and-Mobile-Phones (1)

At the same time low income teens are much less

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Unformatted text preview: ens are much less likely to be on family plans. Among teens living in households with incomes below $30,000, only 31% are on a family plan that someone else pays for. In this group, 15% have prepaid plans that someone else pays for, and 12% have prepaid plans that they pay for entirely themselves. Black teens living in low income households are the most likely to have prepaid plans that they pay for themselves. Unlimited plans are tied to increases in use of the phone, while teens on "metered" plans are much more circumspect in their use of the phone. Fully three -quarters of teen cell phone users (75%) have unlimited texting. Just 13 percent of teen cell phone users pay per message. Those with unlimited voice and texting plans are more likely to call others daily or more often for almost every reason we queried – to call and check in with someone, to coordinate meeting, to talk about school work or have long personal conversations. Teens with unlimited texting typically send Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 10 and receive 70 texts per day, compared with 10 texts a day for teens on limited plans and 5 texts a day for teens who pay per message. plans are more lik...
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