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This points to the central role of texting among friendship groups.But texting may not be as vital for some in maintaining familial relationships, as 20% of teens who text say they never text a parent and 24% never text siblings or other family members.Older teens text more than younger ones: Teens ages 12-13 who text send and receive 20 texts a day, while high school-age teens typically send and receive 60 text messages a day.Older girls are the most active texters, with 14-17 year-old girls typically sending and receiving 100 text messages a day, or more than 3000 texts a month.Text messaging has become an increasingly important part of teens’ overall communication strategy.A middle school boy in the focus groups enthused, “The best thing about [the cell phone] is social, texting.” Overall, 72% of all teens ages 12-17 send and receive text messages, and 88% of teens with cell phones text.
At the other end of the scale, about 14% of teens send between 100-200 texts a day, or between 30 text messages a month.
Our analysis shows that 48% text with their parents at least once a day and 33% of those who have siblings text with them on a daily basis.
Looking at the other end of the scale, only 2% of teens who text never send or receive messages from their friends.
Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.
Text messaging frequency increases as teens age – 35% of 12 year-olds say they text daily, while 54% of 14 year-olds and 70% of 17 year-olds text everyday.