A new survey found that one out of three teens sends more than 100 text messages per day. For most teenagers, this is no big surprise; in fact, the majority of teens prefer to communicate via text message.
According to the new survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, about 75 percent of teens, age 12-17 have a cell phone (In 2004 only 45 percent of that population had cell phones).
Let’s break it down by numbers –
There are 24 hours in a day. When you take into account that the typical teenager gets about 7 hours of sleep per night, they have 17 hours a day left to spend texting. Then add in the fact that the majority of public and private schools have banned texting in class, the typical teenager has 9 hours left to spend texting.
When you do the math, the average American teen sends about 12 text messages per hour – that’s basically 1 text every 5 minutes!
What does this have to do with teen driving?
Take into account how much the average 16-year-old drives. That’s a lot of potential for driving while distracted. Consider this as well: if you live in Texas and are under the age of 18, texting or talking on your cell while driving is illegal.
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