Teens & Texting

Does your library use text messaging to reach your patrons? Do you send out holds or overdue notices via text? Or do you alert your teens to upcoming programs by texting them? Here’s the latest report by the Pew Internet & American Live Project about teens and their use of cell phones and texting.

Teens, Cell Phones and Texting: Text Messaging Becomes Centerpiece Communication by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project, April 20, 2010. URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1572/teens-cell-phones-text-messages

Summary of Findings
The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens.

“Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second. Some 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45% in 2004. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Fully 72% of all teens2 — or 88% of teen cell phone users — are text-messagers. That is a sharp rise from the 51% of teens who were texters in 2006. More than half of teens (54%) are daily texters.”
Read the full report here: URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1572/teens-cell-phones-text-messages