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95 Percent of Young Teens Have Smartphone Access

majority of young teens possess a smartphone

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Ninety-five percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have access to a smartphone. Nearly half (45 percent) of them are online almost constantly according to a Pew Research study.

Another 44 percent are online several times a day.

Some critics have complained that young people are spending more time with their screens than with their friends. However, those who are online almost constantly are just as likely to see their friends in person as those who are less active online. Among the most active group, 24 percent meet with their friends in person outside of school every day or almost every day. Among those less frequently online, that figure is 23 percent.

Those who use the Internet more frequently are just as likely as other young teens to have at least one close friend. And they are just as likely to fit in easily with their peers. Still, Pew reports that "regardless of how frequently they use the internet or how many social media sites they use, teens today are far more likely to maintain frequent contact with their close friends online than in person."

These results are consistent with data from an earlier Number of the Day addressing a fear that smartphones are causing children to withdraw from social activities. In fact, 42% of children ages 6 to 17 participate in sports, up slightly since 1998.

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is the author of "Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System," "In Search of Self-Governance," and "The People’s Money: How Voters Will Balance the Budget and Eliminate the Federal Debt." Read more reports from Scott Rasmussen — Click Here Now.

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