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Teens who play video games cross the socio-economic spectrum evenly, with little variation by family income or education.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teens have a smartphone while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type.These apps are more likely to be used by Hispanic and African-American youth who own cell phones, with 46% of Hispanic teens and 47% of African-American teens using messaging apps to send texts, compared with one-quarter (24%) of white teens with cell phones.Teens on the lower end of the income spectrum are also more likely to use messaging apps on their smartphones, with 39% of cell-owning teens from households earning less than $50,000 annually using the apps, compared with 31% of teens from wealthier families.The number of text messages sent or received by cell phone owning teens ages 13 to 17 (directly through phone or on apps on the phone) on a typical day is 30.The number of messages exchanged for girls is higher, typically sending and receiving 40 messages a day.Some 18% of teens from families earning less than $30,000 annually report that they do not text, compared with less than 7% for those in higher-earning families.
Online pinboards are sites like Pinterest or Polyvore where users can “pin” online content to create highly visual displays of images and information for inspiration, purchase or construction. Girls, especially older ones, are the major users of these sites, with 33% of girls and 11% of boys using the boards.
Hispanic teens are nearly twice as likely as white teens to use these platforms, with 16% of Hispanic youth using anonymous sharing or question platforms compared with 9% of whites.
And just 6% of the least well-off teens (those whose parents earn less $30,000 a year) visit anonymous sites, compared with 12% of teens from more well-to-do homes.
One-in-six teens (17%) read or comment on discussion boards like reddit or Digg.
There are few differences among teens in use of these online boards by age or gender or any other major demographic category. FM are three examples of anonymous sharing apps or sites where individuals can ask questions or post confessional text or images anonymously.
Just 11% of teens with cell phones report using anonymous question or sharing apps.