I saw an odd article the other day that talked about teen driving. It shows how many teens are no longer in a hurry to get their license when they turn 16. Some of it has to do with states enacting graduated licensing policies, but there are other reasons.
The article also highlights the role of technology, with one teen stating:
"If I didn't have a computer or have a cellphone, I would definitely push myself
more to get a license to go out and do things."
Hmm, whatever happened to interaction between live people? Aren't there teen activities that you need to be physically present for, like hanging out in fast food parking lots, or (more importantly) making out in a car?
Looking back when I turned 16, I got my license the next month, and then I was on the go. Cellphones and computers aren't really the same as hanging out with your friends, but who knows, times are different now.
The whole trend strikes me as strange though.