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Nearly one-quarter of America’s teenagers are almost always online

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By Julian Hattem – 04/09/15 09:44 AM EDT

About one-quarter of the nation’s teenagers are online “almost constantly,” according to a new Pew Research Center study.

The study of Americans aged 13-17 found that 92 percent of teenagers go on the Internet every day, and 24 percent say they are “almost constantly” on the Internet, in a sign of just how central the Web is becoming for young people’s lives. More than half the nation’s teenagers — 56 percent — go online several times a day.

“Much of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile phones — particularly smartphones,” noted study author Amanda Lenhart.

About 73 percent of teenagers own or have access to a smartphone, the Pew survey found, while African-American teenagers were the most likely to own one.

Of those that use a mobile device to go online, 94 percent go on the Internet at least once a day.

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