Mobile Future

Teens & Phones: Keeping Up With the Times

A long time ago – 2006, to be exact – barely half of teens who had cell phones were texting. Today almost 90 percent are taping the keys, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan.

Texting has now overtaken every other form of interaction, including instant messaging and talking face-to-face. The survey also found that three-quarters of teens own cell phones, up from 45 percent in 2004.

What seems especially interesting is the impact of parents on cell phone use. Many parents limit cell phone usage; the parents of 12 to 13-year old girls were most likely to say they monitor its use. One upside: Teens whose parents put boundaries on their phone use were less likely to report regretting a text they sent or texting while driving.