Question of the Day; What is the preferred method of communication for 13-17 year olds? Social media, texting or in-person?

Dec 05, 2018
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Answer: Texting


  • What is your preferred method of communication? Explain.
  • How do you think these percentages will change by 2023? 
  • What are situations where in-person communication might be more effective than texting or social media? 
  • Do you think these preferences will impact communication patterns in the workplace in the future? Explain. 

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Axios):

54% of teens agree that using social media often distracts them when they are with people, and 44% say they get frustrated when their friends are using their phones while hanging out. Yet 55% say they hardly ever or never put their devices away when hanging out with friends.


Communication is one of those "soft skills" that employers expect from new workers. Check out the NGPF Soft Skills Activity: Good Communication



About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.