More and More US Teenagers Prefer Surfing the Net to Driving a Car

Remember your first time driving? For most Americans, nothing symbolizes freedom more than the open road. But that's changing: for more and more teenagers, freedom doesn't mean a fast car. It means a fast Internet:

If Ferris Bueller had a day off now, would he spend it on Facebook?

Recent research suggests many young Americans prefer to spend their money and time chatting to their friends online, as opposed to the more traditional pastime of cruising around in cars. [...]

But with money tight in many households, and the cost of gas and insurance soaring, some youngsters are having to choose between buying a car and owning the latest smartphone or tablet.

In a survey to be published later this year by Gartner, 46% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they would choose internet access over owning their own car. The figure is 15% among the baby boom generation, the people that grew up in the 1950s and 60s - seen as the golden age of American motoring.


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I understand concern for the environment, but this sucks. Instead of adventure, chasing girls, exploring places you've never been, kids are choosing to go online or spend money on some stupid phone? Lame, absolutely lame. Is having the latest gadget or gaining more pointless "friends" on Facebook really more interesting than actually living a real life?
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Or in the case of my teenagers they are just to LAZY to get a job to pay for gas, & insurance on a car. Most parents will probably be willing to pay for smart phones & cost related to them but not the cost of driving a car.
I won't pay for either one. My kids want these expensive devices they need to pay for them. I'm willing to pay for the first 6 months of car insurance after that it comes out of their pocket not mine.
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