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Mobile phone ownership jumped to 72% at age 14 in that survey, and by the age of 17 more than eight in ten teens (84%) had their own cell phone.Beyond age, there are few differences in mobile phone ownership by other personal characteristics.Girls and boys are equally likely to own a phone and there are no differences by race or ethnicity in phone ownership.However, there are small differences in phone ownership by socio-economic status; in families with the highest levels of income and education, teens are more likely than in less well-off families to have a cell phone.
Among our questions: How does teen cell phone use stack up against their adoption of other technologies?
Voice calling on cell phones is nearly as prevalent, as more than a third (36%) of all teens (and 51% of those with cell phones) talk to their friends on the cell phone every day.
Landline phones are also important in teens’ daily lives, with 32% of teens saying they use them to make calls on a daily basis.
Our surveys show that while 71% of teens owned cell phones in 2008: The computer ownership number has been stable since 2006, but it is somewhat complicated because it is sometimes hard for teens and their parents to sort out who owns what technology in a household.
Cell phones and mp3 players are personal and heavily personalized devices and tend to be “owned” by one individual.
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