In 1990, there were 21.1 mobile phone users for every 1000 people. That number grew to 683 per 1,000 in 2005. It is projected that by 2010, almost everyone will have a cell phone, or 946 out of 1,000 people. Cell phone use is even more widespread in Western Europe. In 2005, they had 930 cell phone users for every 1,000 people, and by 2010, this is projected to increase to 1,008. Yes, more phones than people! One of the biggest markets for cell phones now is for teens. If you have a teenager or pre-teen, you may want to take a look at the following usage trends.
A 2004 survey showed that half of teens had their own cell phone, and because teens are social creatures, they have very different usage patterns. A survey by Disney Mobile found that use increased in the summer between the ages of ten and seventeen. No wonder there is no school so they have to keep in touch somehow. Here are some of the ways these tweens and teens use their phones:
To send text messages. Texting is the most common mode of communication for about 44% of teens who use cell phones. About half send text messages even when they are with other friends at the movies or while having dinner with their families. Incredibly, about a quarter send a text message within ten minutes of waking up in the morning. For calling his parents. 96% of those surveyed say they talked or texted their parents at least once a day, and 20% connected with their parents a staggering five or more times a day.
Mobile phones have become a must-have for most teenagers, and most prefer to give up anything else: television, video games, mp3 players, etc. – than their phones. As a parent, it can be difficult to monitor your child’s cell phone use all the time, and they are important for your child to be able to contact you if they need a ride or are ill. However, it is smart to try to limit the time on your phone and control who they are calling. While they may be reluctant to do this, it is for their safety and well-being. If you see an unknown number, you can do a reverse phone lookup to find out who is calling your child. It pays to be cautious, especially when many teens also use social networking sites. You need to know who they are talking to so you can help keep them safe.