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YouthBeat® Finds Texting, not Talking, Is How Tweens, Teens Prefer to Stay in Touch

CHICAGO Jan. 19, 2011

YouthBeat Chicago

Both age groups say texting is the preferred mode for keeping in touch with just about everyone in their lives – friends, parents, and siblings. They overwhelmingly prefer to text their friends versus e-mailing them: Among tweens, 43 percent prefer texting, while 13 percent prefer e-mail; among teens, 57 percent prefer texting to e-mail (just 8 percent).  

Amy Henry

"They’re more likely to have an e-mail address to give them access to social networking sites like Facebook than to treat it as a home base for communication. Interestingly, many maintain e-mail addresses for communicating with teachers about assignments," she explained.

She added: "Meanwhile, IMing through tools like AIM seems to be over, but the instant messaging applications on social networking sites are increasingly popular."

And what about kids? YouthBeat found that the kids who own cell phones send, on average, almost 16 text messages per day. "Kids who text are in the minority, but the fact that some are starting indicates that parents see this mode of communication as effective and efficient – as they’re surely showing their kids how it’s done," said Henry.


SOURCE C&R Research

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