July 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM ET
Email is of little importance to teens on their cellphones, with only 6 percent saying they send or receive emails that way every day, while in contrast 63 percent are sending or receiving text messages daily.
The information was shared this week in a report, "Teens 2012: Truth, Trends, and Myths About Teen Online Behavior" by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project at a college educators conference.
Many teens, Pew notes, are doing the equivalent of email by using social networks instead: 93 percent of teens say they have a Facebook account (24 percent are on MySpace), and within the confines of Facebook, 88 percent say they send instant messages or have instant chats; 76 percent say they send private, or direct, messages on Facebook.
More adults definitely use their cellphones for email, but it's not the No. 1 use of their phones (actual voice calling is not either, but you probably already figured that for both adults and teens).
Email ranks fifth on a list of adult cellphone uses, after text messaging, photo-taking, accessing the Internet, and sending a photo or video: