Teens-and-Mobile-Phones (1)

Heavy texters also tend to have significantly more

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Unformatted text preview: one use relates to key features of one ’s support network. Respondents were asked to report how many individuals they "feel very close to" and discuss personal matters with. They were also asked how many of these close personal ties they contact through the cell phone for social support. Half of teens report having 5 or more close personal ties, with the remaining teens reporting fewer ties. The cell phone plays an important role in social support from these relationships, with nearly half (48%) of teens reporting they use their phone to discuss personal matters with "all" of their close ties. The remainder say they use their phone for social support with "some" (25%) or "a few" (23%) of their close network ties. As noted elsewhere in this report, older teens are more likely to text their friends on a daily basis. In addition, they are more likely to use text messaging (and the cell phone more broadly) for social support. Girls are more likely than boys to text their frien...
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