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Smartphones more desirable than cars for growing number of teens

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A growing number of teenagers are choosing to buy their first smartphone rather than first car, according to The New York Times.

Teens choosing smartphone over car
Teens choosing smartphone over car

It used to be the case that getting your driver's license and eventually the keys to your first car were major milestones on the path to independence and adulthood; a rite of passage of sorts. While that may still hold true for some, the New York Times reports on a growing number of teenagers who find the thought of owning a smartphone more lustworthy than any particular set of wheels. Similarly, an upcoming Gartner report finds 46 percent of 18- to 24-year olds would be willing to ditch their car altogether to maintain an internet connection — a figure which drops to 15 percent for those born in the baby boom era. It's unquestionably a sign of the times when Android and iOS carry more mindshare than Ford and BMW among the new generation.