New Research: Teens and Technology

I don’t know about you, but I got my first cell phone when I was well past junior high. Fast forward to the year 2013, where 78% of teens ages 12-17 have a cell phone, and almost half of those teens own smartphones.

These stats are hot off the press from Pew Internet and American Life Project’s new study, “Teens and Technology 2013.” The research takes a closer look at smartphone adoption and mobile access to the internet among American teens, with some eye-opening results.

Among their findings:

  • 37% of all teens own smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011. 
  • One in four teens (23%) have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
  • Nine in ten (93%) teens have a computer or have access to one at home.
  • Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.
  • 74% of teens ages 12-17 say they access the internet on cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices at least occasionally.
  • One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. This is far more than the 15% of adults who are cell-mostly internet users.

If your teen owns a mobile phone — and chances are, they do — talk to them about your expectations.


There is another fact about teens and internet use. They aren't very savvy about the power and etiquette of the web. For example, too many teens only superficially use the internet social networks. They seem to have low awareness of the hierarchy in the groups to which they participate. In Facebook, it may seem that all are equal but workplaces, schools, and even some informal organizations have hierarchy. Bottom line, do not assume digital literacy just because a person uses a digital device.

That is a very good thing.

all apps.with sex should be.removed

how do you remove apps with sexual content? even youtube and instagram have xrated pics!!

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