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In the words of a high school boy my parents always

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Unformatted text preview: . The oldest girls, those ages 14 -17, were the most likely of all to see cell phones as technologies of freedom. Girls who texted were even more likely to salute the liberating aspects of cell ownership than those who are not texters. In focus groups, teens spoke at length about the freedom and independence afforded by cell phones, in part because of the sense of safety and security mentioned above. As one high school girl explained, "I think [a cell phone] gives you more freedom in the sense that if you ’re trying to get permission to go someplace, it helps to say, ‘I ’ll have my phone, you can call me if you need to, ’ and then it makes parents feel more secure. Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 112 Which is how I think it gives you more freedom." As another high school girl described the benefit of having a cell phone, "It makes you feel older and independent, I think. I high school girl explained, "I think [a cell phone] gives you more freedom in the sense that if you ’re trying to get permission to go someplace, it helps to say, ‘I ’...
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