A World Health Organization study released last week suggested a possible link between cellphone use and cancer, but early news reports didn't differentiate between talking and texting.
In fact, said Dr. Jonathan Samet, the chairman of the WHO advisory panel, when it comes to cellphones, it may be considerably safer to text than talk.
"Texting has increased dramatically over the past four to five years and teens are doing a whole lot of it," said Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. "This is the dominant way of communicating on a daily basis for teenagers, which is not to say they're not talking face to face or calling on the phone, too."
Half of all American teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three sends more than 100 texts a day or more than 3,000 texts a month, according to "Teens and Mobile Phones," a report released last year by the research center.
According to the report, teen girls ages 14-17 lead the charge on text messaging, averaging 100 messages a day.
"A lot of teens send a lot of text messages, but there are certainly outliers who send hundreds, perhaps more, a each day," Lenhart said. "Usually older teenage girls fall into this category."Read More