Young people depend more on phones than cars, study shows

March 1, 2013 12:00 AM

A recent survey from Zipcar found that young people between the ages of 18 and 34 are more dependent on phones than cars. These respondents would be more upset if there phone was lost or damaged than if their car was stolen or needed some kind of auto repair. Many also reported using their phone to cut down on transportation, either by communicating with others remotely instead of meeting in person or using apps to find public transportation or shorter routes. 

"We're living through the most important shift in transportation in generations - the creation of a new mobility society," said Scott Griffith, chief executive officer of Zipcar. "... These mobility networks will enable connected consumers to pick the best mode of transportation for each trip, in real-time. Millennials are leading the charge for this highly efficient new model that is revolutionizing how people get around." 

These results are similar to an earlier study from Zipcar, which found that 55 percent of young people are actively making changes to drive less, and an overwhelming 78 percent believe that owning a car today is difficult, as things like gas, insurance, parking and vehicle maintenance drive up costs. 

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