iAm My Phone

To anyone who has one in their family, or is in close association with teens, it is no surprise that the Pew Foundation found that “the mobile phone is the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens”. According to this study, 88% of teen cell phone users are text-messengers.

Without getting into listing a slew of messy stats (you can peruse the study using the link above), there are several conclusions drawn from this study that are worthy of note. One in particular is that many a teenagers’ lives today completely revolve around their cell phone

The average adult texter sends and receives 10 messages a day. For teen-aged boys, this number is 30; for teenage girls the number is around 80. These numbers are even more staggering for those fortunate enough (?) to have unlimited data plans. One in three teenagers send over 100 text messages a day. Considering that many schools strong discourage cell phone use, this would leave a teen that sleeps 6 hours a day about 12 hours of texting time, or 8 texts per hour. And this still does not preclude the calls (most teens indicate that they still use voice functionality), internet and email access.

This extensive, and hard to monitor usage, is a scary prospect for parents trying to keep up with their teenagers. The fact that so much of a teenagers life now exists on a slim device that can almost hide in the palm of your hand make the traditional job of parenting (teaching and protecting ) all the more difficult. Forgetting potential for questionable behavior, the security concerns are real.

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