Modestly lower levels of smartphone and basic phone use among lower-income teens may be driving some in this group to connect with their friends using platforms or methods accessible on desktop computers.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of teens have access to a smartphone, and smartphone-using teens have different practices for communicating with close friends.
Along with examining the general ways in which teens interact and communicate with their friends, this report documents how and where teens interact with the friends who are closest to them.
These “close friend” relationships loom large in the day-to-day social activities of teens’ lives, as 59% of teens are in touch with their closest friend on a daily basis (with 41% indicating that they get in touch “many times a day”).
Just as the suicide rate among young women has spiked, it has also increased by 30 percent among young men.
The uptick in teen suicides is a noticeable development amid a general increase in suicides since 2007, and health professionals are looking at the socio-political and economic environments of the Internet age as possible influences.
Among boys who play games with others online, fully 71% use voice connections to engage with other players (this compares with just 28% of girls who play in networked environments).
All this playing, hanging out and talking while playing games leads many teens to feel closer to friends.
10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.
Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person.