TTYL: Teen Texting Up
Texting is the dominant mode of communication for American teenagers, a new study from the Pew Research Center reveals.
Three-quarters of all teens communicate via text message each day, compared to less than 30 percent who use their smart phones for daily voice dialing. In fact the “median teen user” now sends approximately 60 text messages each day, compared to 50 texts a day two years ago.
Girls between the ages of 14-17 remain the most prolific text messengers, sending more than 100 texts per day.
Surprisingly, only 6 percent of teens are using location-based services on their smart phones … which should provide a small measure of consolation to nervous parents.
Naturally, this surge in teen texting has drawn the attention of big government – which is hoping to turn a profit off of teen texts that it deems inappropriate. Specifically, legislation sponsored by S.C. Rep. Joan Brady (RINO-Richland) would impose a $100 fine on teenagers who send each other sexually-explicit messages on their cell phones (a.k.a. “sexting”).