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Young Americans connecting via information superhighway rather than real highways

Pocono Record -- The days of teens yearning to get behind the wheel may be on the wane as online social networking replaces cars as the technological focal point for young adults.

Recent research shows that a shrinking percentage of young Americans are getting their driver's licenses, and that a smaller proportion of cars on the road are driven by teens and 20-somethings.

Meanwhile, members of this younger demographic say they are replacing car trips to see friends with online chat sessions, text messages and other social networking opportunities.

"It is possible that the availability of virtual contact through electronic means reduces the need for actual contact among young people," said Michael Sivak, a research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. "Furthermore, s


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blupupher
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:03:17 AM

Yeah, when I was a teen in the 80's, getting a license was the thing. Now, not so much. I have a nephew who is 18 and just now got his license.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:48:51 AM

I can't blame teens who either do not want to drive and they drive less.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:46:48 AM

yep
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:17:41 AM

What's the gas mileage on the information superhighway?
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 9:15:02 PM

Wow! Online chat sessions, text messages and other social networking opportunities are replacing talking to real live people. Not for me.;
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:45:48 PM

Ok.
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leraar2
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:42:09 PM

rather hard to "connect' in the back seat of a COMPUTER.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:32:49 PM

Good! Less cars on the road
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 4:13:25 PM

VDubBill - I will admit I really laughed but you are so right!
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dond
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 2:58:26 PM

Thats why the price of stamps go up...losing money because of email.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 1:43:28 PM

INDEED..,
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CorvairHaven
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 12:16:29 PM


We really need fuel economy in a large car.

We don't need more gadgets that drive the car for you or entertain you.
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boborobot
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 11:10:39 AM

I rather speak to someone in person.

[Edited by: boborobot at 4/8/2012 11:11:49 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 10:13:31 AM

Ok!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 9:48:04 AM

Our generation had Jack Kerouac and "On the Road," this generation has "On the Phone."
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 9:19:00 AM

Better not to have distracted teenagers on the road.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 8:33:40 AM

Good way to clear the streets of unwanted cruisers.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 8:10:06 AM

Seems to be the case
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PimpinFoDaGaz
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 8:00:55 AM

Tell that to my 14yr old already asking me if I'll give her my 2004 car in a few years.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 7:54:12 AM

segragated by transportation poverty.....
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 7:44:40 AM

Just don't do both at the same time!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 7:41:58 AM

Certainly cheaper.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 7:38:40 AM

Just stay home.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 7:17:22 AM

Old news, still haven't seen it and don't believe it!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:17:03 AM

Ok...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:16:23 AM


No reason to leave the nest?
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:02:05 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 6:00:51 AM

nothing disturbing at all...
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:51:50 AM

Somewhat disturbing story.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:51:41 AM

Had to repost this from another user:
Ineptocracy

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:50:18 AM

We still need physical connections.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:45:53 AM

My 2 boys have their own cars,
but drive their computer more often than spending gas.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:44:52 AM

As long as the Young Americans don't mix the information highway with real highways.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:44:37 AM

Happy Easter
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:44:24 AM

What's this face to face talk about, could it be a new fad
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:43:55 AM

Changing world
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:42:22 AM

Long term...people will need physical connections.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:36:43 AM

Actual contact is still the best way to go.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:36:04 AM

Cheaper then gas and wear and tear on cars.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:34:28 AM

Good, I feel a lot better without the texting while driving little tards are off the roads.......
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:31:20 AM

We will find out whether this is a good trend or not, social interaction is generally a good thing if used in a positive manner. Adult supervision is still key.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:31:15 AM

Not in my town.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:27:42 AM

You'd think will all the chatting and texting that spelling and grammar would be improving.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:27:09 AM

I suspect the trend to "a smaller proportion of cars on the road are driven by teens and 20-somethings" relates more to population demographics, not to teens not getting licenses when they are old enough.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:26:46 AM

Its the Brutal Auto insurance system....
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:26:07 AM

Cheaper than gas!
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I detect a growing trend of reduced new births in the future........you can't procreate over the internet!

Robots Unite! Take over the World! Down with Humans!
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:20:13 AM

only affordable alternative
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:19:56 AM

Cheaper too.
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2012 5:18:47 AM

How can a young person afford a car when their is no jobs for them?
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