Teen Cell Phone Use on the Rise in 2011, OnlineSchools.com Infographic Reveals

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A recent report from Nielsen showed that in 2011, teens ages 13-17 used an average of 320MB of data per month on their cell phones –an increase of 256 percent from 2010. OnlineSchools.com has reported on additional key findings from the report in its newest infographic.

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OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level.

Having access to these new mobile learning tools is helping to inspire teens to give greater consideration to their future educational opportunities and that’s something that OnlineSchools.com is excited to be a part of.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Generation Text,” an in-depth look at mobile phone usage among teens. Analysis of Neilsen’s study, “New Mobile Obsession: U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage,” shows that teens exchange an average of 3,417 text messages per month, more than any other age group tracked. Comparing data from 2010 and 2011, the infographic also discusses the average monthly data usage between males and females.

“One of the standout data points from this study was the quantity of mobile messages being exchanged. On average, teens surveyed are sending around seven text messages per hour,” shared Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. ”Sadly, what this study does not show is that teen texting has been linked to other unhealthy behaviors, such as texting while driving.”

Teens increased their cell phone use by upwards of 95 percent for activities such as online gaming and mobile radio. More than 20 percent of teens included in the study say that they choose to text over call because it’s faster. Furthermore, as teen cell phone use becomes more popular, it comes as no surprise that they prefer smart phones like Androids and iPhones.

“As a result of the popularity of smart phones with teens, we're seeing an increase in the number of education-related mobile applications that are available. Having access to these new mobile learning tools is helping to inspire teens to give greater consideration to their future educational opportunities and that’s something that OnlineSchools.com is excited to be a part of,” noted Restaino.

For news related to this infographic, such as 11 free iPad apps to help with homeschool and other information related to online schooling and education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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