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A bit more than a quarter (26%) of all teens send messages (emails, instant messages, group messages) through social networking sites – and 43% of teens who use social networks send messages daily.
Similarly, another 26% of teens send and receive instant messages on a daily basis and 16% send email every day.
In 2004, we found that a tiny number of teens use their mobile devices to use the internet.
At that point in time, 45% of teens had a cell phone and 10% of them said they used it to go online.
That same year 7% of teens had a PDA (Palm Pilot, Blackberry, Sidekick) and just two percent of them used it to go online.
We hope to collect more data on this topic in an upcoming youth survey scheduled for release in 2010.
The Project first began surveying teenagers about their mobile phones in its 2004 Teens and Parents project when a survey showed that 45% of teens had a cell phone.
One gap in our data relates to the use of mobile phones or other mobile devices (like PDAs or smartphones) to go online.
We first asked the question back in 2004 and have not repeated it since.
Game-related devices are more likely to be conceived of by families as “owned” by the children in the household, while computers are more likely to be owned collectively by the family, or by the adults in the household.
Among teens, age is the most important variable in mobile phone ownership.