How losing iMessage could mean losing your friends


Like it or not, smartphones have become an indispensable part of your average teenager’s life. To gain a better understanding of just what today’s youth are actually using them for, The Huffington Post interviewed 14-year-old high school student Casey Schwartz about her iPhone habits. Unsurprisingly, a large part of her activity revolves around messaging. Casey and her friends have run the gamut of messaging clients, cycling through Snapchat, WhatsApp, Skype, and others to facilitate their daily group chats.

Apple’s iMessage is among the few apps that have stood the test of time. In fact, it’s proven a requirement for anyone hoping to maintain a real-world relationship with the teen. When one of her friends lagged behind in upgrading to…

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