Research from Ghent University shows that the average youngster sends 71 texts a day.
The smartphone figures are contained in a new survey about how young people nowadays spend their lives. In all nearly 1500 youngsters were questioned.
The average young Fleming watches TV for two hours a day. They game for an hour on average, surf the internet for a further two hours, send 71 texts find the time to make two phone calls.
Flemish youngsters switch with ease from one medium to another. Birgit Segal: "For youngsters nowadays it's quite normal to send texts, listen to music, be on a social media website and watch TV all at the same time."
98% of youngsters have a mobile or cell phone. They pay 7.66 euros on average in subscription charges. The figure has halved over the past two years.
23% of youngsters pay their own phone bill, while half of all parents pick up the entire tab.
Only 33% of youngsters with a smartphone actually use it to go online. Many are deterred because of the price. As a result only 20% of youngsters are on Twitter.
It's especially for youngsters from deprived backgrounds that a smartphone is a status symbol. They spend more on the phone and more often than not pay their bill themselves.
In 2010 46% of youngsters had a TV in their room. Today the figure has fallen to 32%. TV is losing ground to the computer with 61% of youngsters having a computer in their bedroom. Two years ago the figure was only 43%.
The survey showed that youngsters are aware of the dangers of the internet, but often get muddled when they start looking at security settings.