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VIA: CNN.COM

As most parents of adolescents know all too well, text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for American teenagers, with one in three teens sending more than 100 texts a day, a new survey says.

The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project illustrates the indispensable role that text messaging, and mobile phones in general, play in the lives of today’s teenagers.

Three-quarters of 12- to 17-year-olds own cell phones, up from 45 percent in 2004, and daily text messaging to friends has increased rapidly in recent years.

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