Teens prefer an Uber account to a driver’s license

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“It’s like you’re being driven around by your parents, but you don’t have to hold a conversation with them.”

Super interesting article in the NYT about the growing cultural shift among teens away from cars and driver’s licenses. Getting their own Uber account on their 16th birthday is way more exciting and still allows for socializing because they can share rides with friends using the app’s built-in fare-splitting feature.

And the shift away from cars is widespread: the number of 16-year-olds in the United States with a driver’s license has fallen from 46% in 1983 to 28% in 2010.

Amanda Lenhart, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center noted that the independence that a driver’s license once symbolized has been replaced by the cellphone.

Link to the full article, here.

 

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