U.S. teens' passionate embrace of smartphones and a "mobile first" mentality to the Internet shows no signs of slowing down. According to the latest Pew Research on .teens and technology:
- 37% of teens in the U.S. have a smartphone.
- 25% of those aged 12-17 access the Internet "primarily" via a cell phone or smartphone.
- Among teens with a smartphone, however, 50% access the Internet primarily via the mobile device.
- Girls are more likely than boys to rely on their smartphone as their primary Internet access device.
What Parents Don't Know
A 2012 University of Washington study noted that teens in general considered their rather high level of connectivity as necessary for effective cultural development and to prevent social isolation.
This does not mean, however, that teens are eagerly sharing these many online engagements with their parents.Read More