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Mobile phones and teenagers: British and American numbers
Posted on 2-Apr-2005 20:51. | Tags Filed under: News.

The mobileYouth 2005 report, a research conducted by the Wireless World Forum, shows the strength of the economy behind youth usage of mobile mobile technologies in those two countries.

For example in the UK there are now 13 million young people with a mobile phone, with as many as 9 million under the age of 15. The average age that a UK child will now obtain their first mobile phone is down to just 8 years.

Some UK teenagers now spend up to 300 (GBP) a year on their mobile phones, ringtones, text messaging and downloading games. This has led to rising concern about young people getting themselves or their parents into debt.

Parents concerns over being able to keep in touch with their children and security are the main reasons behind their decision to give their child a mobile phone: 73% of young users have actually used their mobile phones in an emergency.

In the United States numbers are also interesting. Approximately 50 million mobile phone owners in the US are aged under 25, and they will collectively spend US$20 billion this year on their mobile phones.

The report says that US$1 in every US$10 that children and young people now spend is related to their mobile phone, overtaking youth spending on cigarettes, music CDs and candy. 92% of Americans aged 5-14 years own a mobile phone that has been given to them by their parents.

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