37% of teens have smartphones; more girls than boys

by Curtis Lee Fulton

A new study from Pew Research Center finds that 37% of teens have smart phones now, up from 23% in 2011. Some teens access the Internet entirely through their phones. Income and gender play a role.

Thirty percent of teens living in households earning less than $30,000/year are cell-mostly Internet users. Only 14% of teens living in household that earn $50,000-$74,999 are cell-mostly users. Twenty-four percent of teens living in households earning over $75,000/year are cell-mostly users.

While boys and girls are equally-likely to have smart phones, 34% of teen girls access the Internet primarily with phones, as compared to to 24% for boys. For older teen girls, 55% say they use the Internet mostly from their phone.