Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project have made a study on how much time teenagers spend on their cell phones. This three part study included seven focus groups with middle and high school groups of teenagers.
Teens are very frequent communicators. Regardless to the electronic tools teens use to communicate, this study showed some stunning facts on just how much time teens spend next to EMF sources.
63 % of teens use texting for communication every day. This study was made in 2011, and compared to similar study from 2009, the percentage of teens using texting every day is higher than in 2009, when the number was 54%. The daily average of number of texts is also constantly increasing. In 2009, the average number of texts per day was 50, yet in 2011 it is up to 60. Girls text more than boys, and the average number of daily texts is 100, while it’s 50 for boys. The study divided participants into three groups: light message users (sending and receiving from 0 to 20 texts per day), medium message users (21 to 100 texts per day) and heavy message users (more than 100 messages per day). Heavy message users group also showed more tendencies to spend longer time talking over cell phones. This group also uses various social networks more than other two groups.
Teens that text more than 20 messages a day are more likely to own a smartphone.
39 % of all teen participants spend significant amount of time talking over cell phones every day. Only 19% of teens use landlines to make or take a call. Nearly one third of all participants said they never use landlines to talk to someone.
Regarding different types of communication, most teens use texting (63%). Phone calls are the second favorite (39%), next in line is exchange of messages over social networks usually using Wi-Fi (29%), and 22% of teens uses instant messaging in their daily communication routine.
Communication in person also remains important way of communication between teens, but for the most part, all participants stated they do not physically distance themselves from their cell phones while communicating with others face to face.
Other studies keep finding that teens are more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults. Their bodies are not yet developed completely, their bone structure is more prone to absorb EMF radiation than a body of an adult. Long term consequences of exposure to EMF radiation from early age are yet to be seen and studied with reliable results. When it comes to EMF radiation, whenever it’s possible, the golden rule of “the further the better” should be practiced. There are certain products, such as headsets, cell phone cases and EMF protectors that will reduce amount of radiation body is exposed to. Of course, the best way of protection against cell phone radiation is reducing amount of time spent using cell phones, but when we must use them, it’s very important to stay aware that cell phone radiation really does and will affect our health and act based on that knowledge, to use and practice various precautionary measures to keep EMF radiation as low as we can.