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The Pew Internet and American Life survey today released data showing that younger teens are getting cell phones, with 56 percent of 12-year-olds toting the devices. Based on life expectancy of phones and people, these teens will use almost 50 cell phones in their lifetimes.

The Pew Internet and American Life survey today released data showing that younger and younger teens are getting cell phones, with 56 percent of 12-year-olds toting the devices. If we assume that these kids will live until the age of 78 and take as fact a recent NPR story that said each cell phone has an average 16-month life expectancy, these teens will go through almost 50 cell phones in their lifetimes. That’s a lot of hardware and that’s a lot of months paying for cell plans. It boggles the mind.

  1. Start all kids on prepaid like Straight Talk and make theim earn their airtime by keeping up their grades and doing chores. My kids are on Straight Talk unlimited airtime and text at $45.00pm but they are teenagers. A younger child could start at $30.00pm for 1000 minutes. Make the household budgeting part of their lives

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  2. I still can’t believe kids as young as 12 getting cell phones but do understand it from a safety standpoint. Makes me wonder how we all managed to survive.

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  3. There is NO WAY my 12 year old is getting a cellphone! Once he is old enough to pay for one, he can get one… But not until then!

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