From heart emojis on Instagram to saying goodbye to a relationship with a text message, digital technology plays an important role in teen relationships.
It may seem as if basic or flip phones are a thing of the past, given that 73% of teens have a smartphone. But that still leaves 15% of teens who only have a basic cellphone and 12% who have none at all, and it makes a difference in the way each group communicates.
Texting is the most common and frequent way that teens communicate with all types of friends, but they haven’t abandoned phone calling – especially among their closest friends.
Our latest report focuses on how teens develop and sustain friendships in the digital age, including where they meet, communicate and spend time with friends.
American teens don't just make friends in the schoolyard or neighborhood — many are finding new friends online. Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact.
Today, 60% of parents have checked their teenagers' profile on a social networking site.
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online "almost constantly."
How digital tools are changing not only how teens communicate, but also how they gather information about the world and present themselves to others.
Lee Rainie discussed the project’s research about younger Americans and how libraries fit into their lives.
Amanda Lenhart presents nine major themes from the Project’s five-report series on Teens and Online Privacy