BOSTON (CBS) – Not surprisingly, it’s now the centerpiece of communication among teenagers.

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This is no surprise to any parent with teens at home…your kids are on their cell phones all the time.

Amanda Lenhart at the Pew Research Center has issued a report on teens, cell phones and texting, which has become the favorite form of communication.

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Why do teens text, instead of talk?

Lenhart says despite these dizzying numbers of text messages, families generally found cell phones to be a plus. But the electronic leash has it’s minuses as well.

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By the way, even though most schools have rules against using cell phones in school, 64% of teens with cell phones say they’ve texted in class. And the majority of teens, 69% are on family phone plans, where the parents foot the bill.