U.S. teens nearly on par with adults in cell phone use

A Chinese man sends a text message on his cell phone in Beijing.

New data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds young people aged 12 to 17 have adopted cell phones at nearly the same rate as adults. The small gap that exists now was much larger five years ago, according to Pew's Amanda Lenhart.


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