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Girls More Avid Texters Than Boys

December 9, 2010 at 3:12 PM

girl textingWe know that tweens and teens are really, really good at texting. Texting while walking, texting discreetly in class, carrying on multiple text conversations at once. But is there a difference among kids in who texts the most?

Turns out that it’s no coincidence that both the winners and half-dozen finalists in the 2009 and 2010 LG Texting Championships have been female. Girls do the bulk of the texting the majority of the time, specifically teenage girls.
Girls are, first of all, more likely than boys to own a cell phone. The Pew Forum reports that 77% of girls 13-18 have cell phones, versus 74% of boys. (I’m wondering if that’s because more girls buy or request them, or because parents are more worried about their daughters than their sons in general).

For kids who own mobile phones and use them to text, the incidence of texting increases with age but also with gender. Older girls are the most active: 14 to 17 year old girls report sending and receiving 100 text messages a day.

Why are girls particularly drawn to texting? It’s probably because females are more relationship-oriented and more apt to communicate with their friends using whatever medium is most easily available to them: in this case, the text message.

Remember those days before cell phones, when teen girls across America were hounded by their parents every evening to stop tying up the landline talking to their friends for hours? Those were the days.

-Article Contributed by Jenny Evans

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Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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