The Cell Phone More Important than the Car as the Badge of Adulthood

In Al Mohler’s news podcast this morning, which I recommended earlier today, there is an interesting report on a news story by Sharon Terlep in the Wall Street Journal.

Apparently the vast majority of teenagers, when pressed would prefer to have a cell phone over owning a car. Fewer than 2/3 of 18 years olds had licenses in 2008 compared to more than 80% in 1983. This is partly because of economic factors, but teenagers also appear to have other priorities. Teens who once saw the car as necessary for independence now look to digital devices for the same kind of thrill. Meanwhile many of these teenagers, and even many in their 20’s seem quite content to let mom and dad serve as chauffeurs.

Is this true in Canada as well?

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