Teens & Mobile Phones

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Presented to CTIA and Commonsense Media's Responsible Wireless Use forum in San Francisco, this talk looks at how teens use mobile phones. The slides detail data on texting, voice calling, why teens call versus text, and the types of phone plans teens have. Further, it unpacks how institutions (schools and families) manage and regulate teens' mobile phones.

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Teens & Mobile Phones

  1. 1. Teens & Mobile Phones: Texting rises sharply as mobile phones become the communication hub for American teens Amanda Lenhart CTIA’s Responsible Wireless Use Event October 2010 San Francisco, CA
  2. 2. Methods <ul><li>800 teens ages 12 to 17 and a parent or guardian were contacted by landline or cellular telephone in a nationally representative rdd survey conducted from June to September 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>9 focus groups in four cities with middle and high school aged teens (ages 12-18) conducted in June and October 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Joint project of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the University of Michigan. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to research partners Rich Ling and Scott Campbell. </li></ul>May 2010
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  23. 23. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Cell phones are the hub of teen communication activities – increasingly a mobile computer in their pockets. </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phones leap frog connectivity roadblocks for low income, minority teens and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Teens and young adults are not monolithic – so a multi-pronged approach is prudent </li></ul><ul><li>Changes suggest a move towards mobile… </li></ul><ul><li>… but teens and young adults do not always embrace the newest thing. </li></ul>10/12/10
  24. 24. Thanks! Amanda Lenhart http://www.pewinternet.org Twitter: @amanda_lenhart

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