91% of 12 year Olds have a mobile

Most 10 year olds (51%) now have a mobile phone, and the proportion rises to 91% for 12 year olds.
So says the Mobile Life Youth Report, published today by Carphone Warehouse with data from YouGov.

By a large margin, young people would rather text than talk, with 11 to 17 year olds sending or receiving an average of 9.6 texts a day – three times more than adults

The need to belong is emerging as the most powerful need of all – 42% of 15 to 17-year-old girls would “feel unwanted if a whole day went by when my mobile phone did not ring”
Two thirds of 15 to 17 year olds would not let their parents look through their text messages; a quarter of 11 to 17 year olds have received a text inviting them on a date
“[The mobile phone] provides them with a social network, a sense of security and access to entertainment. But most importantly it provides them with a sense of belonging to their peer group.” having a mobile phone by the time they go to secondary school at 12 years old,” said Charles Dunstone, CEO of Carphone Warehouse.
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