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Teen Cell Phone Usage Soars in Summer

Hey parents, be sure to keep a close eye on your cellphone bills this summer.

A Disney Mobile "Cell and Tell" survey released this week found that cellphone usage among 10-17 year-olds jumps by more than an hour a day in the summer, to more than three hours and 45 minutes, compared to a normal school day. The polling of more than 1,500 teens and pre-teens found that 44 percent use text messages as their primary form of communication from a number of locations. More than half - 52 percent - say they send text messages from the movie theater while 28 percent have sent messages from the dinner table. For many, 26 percent, texting is one of the first things they do in the morning, within 10 minutes of waking up.

It may be tough for parents to scold their power users, though. Almost every respondent - 96 percent - said they communicate with a parent on a daily basis via cell phone while 20 percent said they use a cell phone to connect with mom or dad at least five times a day.

For parents who do find themselves needing to enforce some control over the phone, be prepared for some resistance - one-third of the respondents said they would rather give up the radio, video games or a trip to the mall before giving up their phones. Nearly 25 percent said they would rather give up an mp3 player and about 20 percent said they would rather give up TV.

By Sam Diaz  |  July 2, 2007; 2:26 PM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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