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Too often when writing about what teenagers like, we neglect to talk to the most important group of all: teens themselves.

So we decided to put together a "State of the Union" on the American teenager. To learn what American teenagers in 2016 really like (and what they don't), we polled about 60 teens from all across the country. We spoke with teens ages 13 to 19, in middle school, high school, and college.

We asked them about their digital lives and habits, the apps they use and the games they play, pop culture, and politics. Their answers are enlightening and offer a glimpse into what it's like being a teenager in 2016. We've drawn out the highlights below — along with some data from other sources — so keep scrolling for our guide to teenagers in 2016.

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