But that doesn't mean kids are messaging less
Parents of teens may find it hard to believe, but the average amount of texts sent over the last quarter of the year was down for the first time in history. If that's true, it may not mean kids are communicating less.
Family therapist Mary Jo Rapini says the sour economy may be the reason.
"Those texts that teens are constantly, or were constantly sending does cost money."
But Rapini says less texting doesn't necessarily mean less messaging.
"They're switching to things like Skype or GroupMe or -- mostly Facebook. Every kid I know of has a Facebook page."
Rapini says parents need to know many kids don't use email and some spend as much as 70% of their day logged into social networking.
If you check your kid's phone and there aren't many texts, it may mean he's using an app to communicate with friends.