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.

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.

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.


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