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New driver Brandi Eadie, 16, looks down at her cell phone to read a text message as she drives through a rubber-cone course in Seattle.

Elaine Thompson / AP file

They bring their cell phones to bed with them. They admit to texting while driving. They're almost certain to have a profile on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook or Twitter.

You likely already know them, but in case you don't, meet a majority of the "Millennials," the generation born after 1980 and "the first generation to come of age in the new millennium," according to the Pew Research Center.

The center, which has studied that age group's behaviors since 2006, calls them "history's first 'always connected' generation" in a new report," Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next."

"Steeped in digital technology and social media, they treat their multitasking handheld gadgets almost like a body part — for better and worse," the report says.

"More than 8 in 10 say they sleep with a cell phone glowing by the bed, poised to disgorge texts, phone calls, e-mails, songs, news, videos, games and wake-up jingles. But sometimes convenience yields to temptation. Nearly two-thirds admit to texting while driving."

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