SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A new survey shows the number of text messages teenagers send each day has grown steadily over the past two years, as has the number of teenagers that use texting on a daily basis.

The report Teens, Smartphones and Texting released Monday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found teenage texting had grown along with increased access to smart phones among youth.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

The median girl in the survey of 799 U.S. teenagers and their parents sent 100 text messages a day, compared with 50 texts a day for the median boy in the sample.

Sixty-three percent of the teenagers in the sample reported texting every day, while just 39 percent said they make phone calls every day.

But texting has not necessarily replaced talking. The data found that high text use often correlated with a high volume of phone calls. Twenty-three percent have smart phones, but interestingly 19 percent reported talking on landlines.

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