How Teens Communicate

Brad M. Griffin | Jan 27, 2012

If youve been around teenagers for about five minutes, you know that some of the rules of engagement have changed in their social world, while others have stayed the same.

This quick review of a phone-poll study, How Teenagers Communicate: 7 Things You Should Know offers a great reminder: as much as teenagers love their technology, they still needand actually wantface time with friends. When asked what method of communication theyd miss the most if taken away, here were their top rankings:

1. Meet in person (58 percent ranked it No. 1)
2. Texting (28 percent)
3. Talk on the mobile phone (5 percent)
4. Facebook (5 percent)
5. Talk on the home phone, email, video chat, chat, Twitter (tie at 1 percent)

Make no mistake, technology is king among teenagers who have access to it. And a phone call home-to-home doesnt have near the allure it once held. But todays adolescents still realize the importance of being together in person (even if its being together in person while using their tech devices).

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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