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Teens love their smartphones, not so crazy about cars anymore

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Teens love their smartphones, not so crazy about cars anymore
There was a time when owning a car was the boldest, most ambitious dream that the majority of teenagers had. And that was so because a having a car was perceived as symbol of freedom and a sign that the young boy or girl is ready to live as an adult.

However, according to the Ford Motor Company's point of view, that time is gone now and a teenager's top priority has become having a smartphone. Sure, a smartphone cannot give them a ride home, but it enables teens to stay connected with their buddies for as long as possible, albeit only virtually, through calling, texting or social networking.

Other companies that have been observing the phenomenon tend to agree with Ford. Thilo Koslowski,  lead automotive analyst for Gartner said: “Mobile devices, gadgets and the Internet are becoming must-have lifestyle products that convey status, … In that sense these devices offer a degree of freedom and social reach that previously only the automobile offered.” 

Furthermore, a yet-unpublished study conducted by Gartner found that 46% of people between 18 and 24 would choose having internet access over owning a car. At the same time, the Transportation Department is reporting that in 2008, only 30% of 16-year-olds got their driver's license – a figure that stood at 50% in 1978.

So, it seems like smartphones are taking over, and the automotive industry will also have the uneasy task of adjusting to the preference of young people. How about you, would you rather pick a smartphone rather than a car if you had to choose? Feel free to drop a comment below.


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posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:03 2

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I can\'t decide whether this is good or bad...

At least smartphones are a helluva lot cheaper then cars. If I had a teen I would prefer him to be obsessed with collecting phones rather then expensive cars

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:23 6

2. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


They don't want smartphones. They want iPhones.

Automotive industry is in crisis because of Apple. We must wait for Apple iCar, the reinvented car.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:41 5

5. remyrz (Posts: 183; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


reinvented and patented 4 wheel moving object.. lol

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 15:11

31. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


hahaha

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 12:17 1

21. drodriguezsd (Posts: 35; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


LOL good one!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:28 2

3. axed97 (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


-sigh- another mark on the decline of our society in america a phone wont get you to your job i guess you can use the phone to call mon and dad to get you everyware cuz lets face it more kids are going to school and dont have the moolah to get a car even a used one oh well thell wisen up

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:35 1

4. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


this is 100% true lmfao me and all my friends are like this. none of us have a car but we all have an android and want a new dual core one xD

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:41

6. robinrisk (unregistered)


ITs kind of weird, i would also prefer Internet over a car, and im not a teen.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 06:54 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


to be fair, a lot of states dont allow you to have your licence at 16 anymore. Some have been moved to 17 for their full license and 16 for their permit... or like FL where you now have to have your permit for 6 months (heck it might be a lil longer, im old.. lol)

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:50 5

8. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Drinking and texting kills none.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:00 2

13. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Unless you walk in front of oncoming car.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:17 2

28. Owlet (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Unless it's in addition to driving.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:26 1

9. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


its true they don\'t want a smartphone they want a iphone..last week between me and my aunt we bought my little cousin a iphone 4s at full retail price...she just turn 12, almost $700 for a stupid iPhone

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:49 2

11. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


In my country, there are reports of making fun of, bullying and harassment of elementary school kids if one hasn't got an iPhone (and even iPad).

Simultaneously, goverment endorses projects of implementing Apple products (iPads mostly) to elementary schools, because they are happy to see how kids are interested in "education possibilities" provided by iPad.

It sounds like some bad black comedy scenario, but it's the reality. Smartphones, aka iPhone, is the status symbol for children, the slaves of our capitalist, consumerist order.

Girl who has her sweet sixteen birthday doesn't want pink car for a gift anymore, but white iPhone 4(S).

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:51 3

12. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


WTF $700 for a birthday gift. You are the probably the most caring cousin ever. Not all of us could shell out $700 for their 12yr old cousin

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:22 2

16. Slammer (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---"last week between me and my aunt we bought my little cousin a iphone 4s at full retail price...she just turn 12, almost $700 for a stupid iPhone"---

Far be it from me to make a point for such topic. However, I'm not exactly what purpose it served for you or your Aunt to purchase a 12 year old a smartphone. I can think of no reason why a 12 year old(especially a girl), should have such power in her hands. It breeds trouble. I've seen the issues played out more than I would like to see. In many ways, you would've been better off purchasing her a car.

John B.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 08:27

10. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


First i am a teen in that age range and in my observations teens care alot more about cars. Second u need to be 17 to get a license in my state. Third i lik cell phones more then most teens but i still like cars more

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:54

18. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


i am a teen but i kinda like both .

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:02

19. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Yeah but what do u like moreH

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 09:02

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


We still have more cars than licensed drivers in the US. Also, the recession took a toll on discretionary income meaning no extra new car for junior.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:11 4

15. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Sounds like 46% of that study participants will live off their parents in the upcoming years.

On the serious note, I rather buy a car for my kids rather than something extravagant like a smartphone. When they have a car, they'll work and pay for the things they want.

Giggity giggity goo!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 10:46 2

17. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I sold an iPhone to a mother the other day, and only found out it was for her daughter when she brought up how excited her daughter would be. So I asked her how old her daughter was.
9 years old.
Maybe this is my view, but that's way too young. If our future generations brains become mush, I blame this.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 11:16

20. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I\'m the only child and she always in my house so I consider her my sister...but she been had a cell phone she had a blackberry on Tmobile, the only way to get it to work was to buy it unlock...I gave her mom $500 she put the rest..I don\'t regret it she enjoying her new phone

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:30 2

29. Owlet (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Who IS she?

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 12:18 1

22. drodriguezsd (Posts: 35; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Okay apparently Apple killed everything? In that case, can I sell my Chevy Impala and buy an iCar to go with my iPhone? I'd love that. Thanks!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 13:39 1

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm a teen and i've had powerful smartphones for as long as Android has been around on Verizon but since i'm a genius i've always found ways to bury the cost of my phones and the work i do for my dad pays for my data and i'm putting back money for a car but until i get a job that won't be happening anytime soon.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 16:37

24. BattleBrat (Posts: 884; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'd rather avoid teens walking on a phone, than teens driving on a phone.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 17:40 1

25. big-slick (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


At the same time, the Transportation Department is reporting that in 2008, only 30% of 16-year-olds got their driver's license.

uhhh global financial crisis anyone? the majority can't afford to buy their 16 yr old children cars anymore.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 17:42

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


not to mention teens getting jobs is still a real bitch. trust me. i know. T.T

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:13 1

27. Owlet (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


I'll take their car and give them my phone. Geee, where's the world going?
On the other hand, maybe their mamas and dadies can't give it to them quite as easily anymore in this economy.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 03:14 1

30. theredsnapper (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Aug 2011)


thats ridiculous. definitely would rather have a car. much more convenient to please your girlfriends need of getting out of the damn house..

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