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More than three-quarters of all U.S. teenagers have cell phones, and of those, a growing number have smart phones—cell phones that are always online.

A report published March 19 by the Pew Center's Internet and American Life Project tells us how much, and exactly how, teens use them. We already know teens text a lot: A now-famous October 2010 survey by the Nielsen Co. showed the average teenager sent 3,339 texts a month.


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