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.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.
In comparison, 65% of all adults 18 and older send or receive text messages.
Given the frequency with which teens text, it follows that they would be sending and receiving a very large number of text messages and the data bear this out.
Another 14% of teens send more than 200 text messages a day – or more than 6000 texts a month.
In light of these findings, it is not surprising that three-quarters of teens (75%) have an unlimited text messaging plan.
As one high school girl explained: “My parents will kind of joke about it. They wouldn’t actually get mad about it since it’s unlimited.” Who are teens texting?
I think my last phone’s bill had like altogether 3,000 text messages and they were like, ‘How do you even do that? The data show that 81% of teens who text are texting with their friends at least once every day.
Significant others are also major daily texting partners — 46% of teens who have a boyfriend or girlfriend send or receive texts every day with their significant other.
Teens also report texting their parents or guardians as well as their siblings.
Nearly 2 in 5 teens whose families earn less than ,000 annually say they never use text messaging, compared with just 20% of teens from families earning more than ,000 per year.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of all teens from households earning more than ,000 annually text every day, while 43% of teens from families that earn less than ,000 text daily.
Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users.