Teens love their smartphones, not so crazy about cars anymore

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Furthermore, a yet-unpublished study conducted by Gartner found that 46% of people between 18 and 24 would choose having internet access over owning a car.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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31 Comments

1. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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

2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

5. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

reinvented and patented 4 wheel moving object.. lol

31. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

hahaha

21. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

LOL good one!

3. axed97

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 19, 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

4. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 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

6. robinrisk unregistered

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

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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)

8. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Drinking and texting kills none.

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Unless you walk in front of oncoming car.

28. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Unless it's in addition to driving.

9. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 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

11. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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).

12. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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

16. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

10. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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

18. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

i am a teen but i kinda like both .

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yeah but what do u like moreH

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

15. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 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!

17. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

20. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 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

29. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Who IS she?

22. drodriguezsd

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 10, 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!

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

24. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

25. big-slick

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

27. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

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