Adults aren't the only demographic concerned about privacy
Trying to imagine a teenager without a cell phone or tablet is like envisioning a PETA supporter wearing a Michael Vick jersey. We're sure they both exist, they're just extremely rare specimens that are easily the exception to the norm. Teens love their mobile gadgets, though despite their rabid infatuation with texting, Snapchatting, and other mobile activities, they're surprisingly cognizant of privacy issues.
According to the results of Piper Jaffray's 25th bi-annual teen survey, Android is growing in popularity among today's teens, but the iPhone is still the most sought after smartphone. Almost half of those surveyed -- 48 percent -- already own an iPhone, up from 40 percent last fall, while nearly two-thirds -- 62 percent -- plan on purchasing an iPhone the next time they buy a handset.
Water is still wet, fire is still hot, and the air we breathe is still rich with oxygen. And in other news, teenagers are still really into text messaging. In case you had any doubts, Pew Internet rounded up a whole bunch of teens to discuss their smartphone and texting habits, and found that teens 12-17 years old send 60 text messages on any given day, up from 50 text messages in 2009.
Google+ grew to over 90 million members in short order, and for the most part, it did it without the benefit of teenagers flocking from Facebook (not counting the ones who slipped through the cracks and were previously able to open an account). A change in policy now allows teens age 13 and over to join Google's social networking service, but will they find it fun enough to stick around?
As it turns out, you're correct in cussing text-happy teens who get behind the wheel and pay equal parts attention to driving and texting, but save a few obscenities for adults, too. According to a new study by The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, grownups are just as likely to fire off a text while cruising down the road as teenagers are.
The research shows that some 47 percent of adults who text admit to doing so while driving. Compare that to a Pew study last year in which 34 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds said they send and receive texts while behind the wheel. After factoring in that not everyone owns a cell phone, the report said that 27 percent of of U.S. adults are guilty of texting while driving, compared to 26 percent of 16- and 17-year olds.
What's more, adults are more likely to yap at each other on their cell phones while driving, the study shows. That number comes out to 75 percent, compared to 52 percent of teenagers, or when using the same fuzzy math as before, 61 percent and 43 percent, respectively.
Coming as a surprise only to anyone who has never been around a teenager before, Reuters reports that young people often ignore laws against using cell phones or texting while sitting in the driver's seat.
"The handheld cell phone is relative easy for us to spot, we can see when somebody has their phone up to ther ear" California Highy Patrol (CHP) spokeswoman Fran Clader said. "But with the texting, it's a little bit more of a challenge to catch them in the act, because we have to see it and if they are holding it down in their lap it's going to be harder for us to see."
As it stands, 19 states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal for any driver to text while driving, while 9 other states prohibit just young people from texting and driving at the same time.
At least one study found that drivers who text, regardless of their age, are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.