Teens-and-Mobile-Phones (1)

Middle school boys noted l boy 1 most of the time you

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Unformatted text preview: Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 80 amount of money to use, as in pre -paid cell phone plans used voice minutes daily. There is an economic consideration associated with the use of mobile voice. Sixty -three percent of those teens with unlimited voice subscriptions reported daily use where only 47% of those who had fixed minute subscriptions and 31% of those who had a set amount of money to use, as in pre -paid cell phone plans used voice minutes daily. Why call and not text? While texting is the most frequently used form of interaction, some teens prefer talking on their cell phones. There are a variety of reasons why teens might choose calling as opposed to texting. There is an immediacy and a fullness to voice interaction that is not often possible with texting, and talking provides teens with more social cues allowing them more nuanced interaction. In addition, texting can be too laborious and some people, usually parents, are out of the texting loop. The teens in the focus groups said that they, or their parents, preferred voice when there was a need for immediate feedback. They preferred calling when they needed to talk about something that was important or serious. In these cases, the asynchronous nature of texting is not sufficient. Middle school boys noted: l Boy 1: Most of the time you usually call your parents. You usually call them if it ’s really important, or you ’re trying to get a hold of them to come pick you up. So most of the time you usually call you...
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