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This is a pattern that mirrors Pew Internet Project findings about adults and their cell phones. Parents and teens say phones make their lives safer and more convenient.

Yet both also cite new tensions connected to cell phone use.

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Every HOOKED story is told in bite-sized, text message format.Fully 72% of all teens – or 88% of teen cell phone users — are text-messagers.That is a sharp rise from the 51% of teens who were texters in 2006. Among all teens, their frequency of use of texting has now overtaken the frequency of every other common form of interaction with their friends (see chart below).Among cell-owning teens, using the phone for calling is a critically important function, especially when it comes to connecting with their parents.But teens make and receive far fewer phone calls than text messages on their cell phones. White teens typically make or receive 4 calls a day, or around 120 calls a month, while black teens exchange 7 calls a day or about 210 calls a month and Hispanic teens typically make and receive 5 calls a day or about 150 calls a month.