Cars vs. smartphones

This New York Times article suggests that among teens, smartphones are in a sense substitutes for cars.

“[Smartphones] offer a degree of freedom and social reach that previously only the automobile offered.”….[I]n 1978, 50 percent of 16-year-olds in the United States obtained their first driver’s license. In 2008, only 30 percent did.


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2 responses to “Cars vs. smartphones

  1. Does that account for the new graduated license legislations that don’t allow some kids to reach a full on license until after they’re already 17? I don’t think I was able to get my license at 16.

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