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More Teens Prefer Texting to Calling, Study Shows

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The days of teens tying up the phone for hours are long gone. A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that they're texting more, and talking on the phone less.

“The average teen now texts 60 texts a day, as opposed to 50 just two years ago,” said Pew senior research specialist Amanda Lenhart. “Texting is also really superseding and perhaps replacing other kinds of communication.”

Lenhart says texting has become the communication of choice among teens. Sure, they will speak to each other on their smartphones: “Just about a quarter of all teens have a smartphone,” she said. But given a choice, they prefer to text it than say it.

“We actually saw declines over the past two years in voice calling, both on a cellphone and on a landline phone,” Lenhart said. “Teens are just doing less of that.”

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