A Disney Mobile “Cell and Tell” survey released last week found that cellphone usage among 10-17-year-olds jumps by more than an hour a day in the summer, to more than 3 hours and 45 minutes, compared with usage on a school day.
The poll of more than 1,500 teens and preteens found that 44 percent use text messages as their primary form of communication. More than half — 52 percent — say they send text messages from a 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.
Almost all respondents — 96 percent — said they communicate with a parent daily via cellphone, while 20 percent said they use a cellphone to connect with Mom or Dad at least five times a day.