Educational Technology

March 31, 2012

Did texting kill the classic phone?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Larry Magid, Mercury News

The telephone as we know it — or at least as we adults know it — may soon be a thing of the past. I’m not talking about smartphones — they’re really not phones, but pocket-sized personal computers with an optional voice function. But I do wonder if the idea of using any type of device to actually talk is likely to fade away or at least diminish considerably. That’s certainly a conclusion one gets from the latest Pew Internet & American Life Project report that looked at the way teens use phones. The study, “Teens, Smartphones & Texting,” by Amanda Lenhart, found that:

• The median number of texts teens send on a typical day rose from 50 in 2009 to 60 in 2011.

• 14 percent of teens say they talk daily with friends on a landline, down from 30 percent in 2009.

• 26 percent of teens say they talk daily with friends on a cellphone, down from 38 percent in 2009.

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