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(The New York Times)   Youth are driving less these days after watching peers get culled from the herd by texting while driving   (nytimes.com) divider line 98
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2013-05-15 06:44:53 AM
It's because the current generation is less affluent than its parents. Cars and gasoline are unaffordable luxuries.

/DNRTFA. login required
 
2013-05-15 07:11:19 AM
In Manhattan, we need to round up the texters that walk the streets and a short pier to herd them on to.
 
2013-05-15 07:17:22 AM
"Please log in." Please eat me.
 
2013-05-15 07:19:18 AM
I bet you could show them thousands of kids dieing from diseases from all the toxins used to make their superficial shiat and it would not make a phuuuckin bit of difference...

Encourage Abortion - Save A Child From Life
 
2013-05-15 07:20:32 AM

pheed: "Please log in." Please eat me.


I just got culled from the NYT reading herd.
 
2013-05-15 07:21:09 AM
Snowflakes would rather be chauffeured.  Porn on the internet makes awkward car makeouts unnecessary.  I don't have to dodge the little bastards while on the road.


/win
/Get off my lawn
/DNRFTA - NYT wants a login
 
2013-05-15 07:21:58 AM
Please log in.

Paying for the news?  How quaint...
 
2013-05-15 07:24:14 AM
THIS (to all of the above comments)
 
2013-05-15 07:24:23 AM
So they are picking their phones over transport?! Better to text some than go talk to them?

I'm not logging in so this is just a guess
 
2013-05-15 07:24:55 AM
My favorite part was when it talked about passwords and logins. Riveting stuff.
 
2013-05-15 07:25:50 AM
Someone please KILL this link!  Mods!!!  MODS!
 
2013-05-15 07:26:30 AM
Currently logging in via my mobile whilst driving down a busy high street
 
2013-05-15 07:26:49 AM
God dammit! quit posting farking pay-wall links. WTF is the matter with you? Are you retarded?
 
2013-05-15 07:27:14 AM
Why drive when your helicopter parents will just air lift you to your destination?
 
2013-05-15 07:27:29 AM
I'd make a joke about how the NYT is going to go out of business with this login wall stuff... but then I realized that they were going out of business because nobody was paying for news... so... meh.

Shouldnt be here on the main page though.
 
2013-05-15 07:27:46 AM
 
2013-05-15 07:30:01 AM
Youth have decided that texting is more important than driving? When I was a teen, driving is all we thought about.

\My lawn, get off it
 
2013-05-15 07:30:50 AM

You Idiots: pheed: "Please log in." Please eat me.

I just got culled from the NYT reading herd.


This happened to a green I got yesterday. Are they asking for a log in for every article? Used to be after ten read.
 
2013-05-15 07:31:31 AM
Yeah, that was the take-home lesson.  Driving while texting is dangerous, so stop driving.

I don't want to be one of those kids-these-days people, but just had dinner with my sister-in-law and seven year old niece yesterday.  Kid can't function without her eyes glued to a screen of some sort.  Who brings an iPad to a Chinese buffet?
 
2013-05-15 07:32:25 AM

Albert911emt: Youth have decided that texting is more important than driving? When I was a teen, driving is all we thought about.

\My lawn, get off it


Only because it allowed you to socialize....
 
2013-05-15 07:33:54 AM
Because the smart ones survive?

Darwin.
 
2013-05-15 07:33:57 AM
and they HAVE to remember not to DRINK AND DRIVE.  because it is SOOO important to stay where you are.  so you can have SEX with the people you're with.
 
2013-05-15 07:37:02 AM
Did someone say something about culling?


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2013-05-15 07:39:49 AM

Alonjar: Albert911emt: Youth have decided that texting is more important than driving? When I was a teen, driving is all we thought about.

\My lawn, get off it

Only because it allowed you to socialize....


For me, it was the hummers.

/hot rods and greaser chicks on a Saturday night
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-15 07:40:01 AM
Earlier this year police published the last, unfinished text message of somebody who failed to multitask. I forget what it said. It wasn't as dramatic as Fark headlines would have you believe.
 
2013-05-15 07:42:06 AM
 
2013-05-15 07:43:35 AM

michael.meisel: This link didn't make me log in:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/report-finds-americans-are-driv in g-less-led-by-youth.html?_r=0


Yeah, this link works for me too. Thanks.

/oh, this article again?
 
2013-05-15 07:43:38 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Alonjar: Albert911emt: Youth have decided that texting is more important than driving? When I was a teen, driving is all we thought about.

\My lawn, get off it

Only because it allowed you to socialize....

For me, it was the hummers.

/hot rods and greaser chicks on a Saturday night


actually, no. It represented freedom to get out of the house.  I'm not very "social" and other people do not speak for me, I live my own life.

/your stereotype, I loathe it.
 
2013-05-15 07:48:05 AM
Seems more like the NYT is shocked that other city's exist, have mass transit, and enough people that don't care if their job market is narrowed to places they can get to by bus. Oh and are willing to pay as much for a studio apartment as they would for a 250k home.
 
2013-05-15 07:52:36 AM
I remember getting my first car at 15. That was pretty farking great.

Sucks to be poor kids these days, I guess.
 
2013-05-15 07:53:44 AM

Koodz: Yeah, that was the take-home lesson.  Driving while texting is dangerous, so stop driving.

I don't want to be one of those kids-these-days people, but just had dinner with my sister-in-law and seven year old niece yesterday.  Kid can't function without her eyes glued to a screen of some sort.  Who brings an iPad to a Chinese buffet?


What else is a 7 year old going to do at a Chinese buffet while the boring ass adults talk about BS kids don't care about?
 
2013-05-15 07:54:13 AM
Headline: "Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving"
Beginning of article:  "Dan Mauney keeps misplacing his car. Mr. Mauney, 42,..."
 
2013-05-15 07:55:47 AM

michael.meisel: This link didn't make me log in:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/report-finds-americans-are-driv in g-less-led-by-youth.html?_r=0


That link doesn't have anything to do with texting, it's about people driving less in general because the kids can't afford cars.
 
2013-05-15 07:57:15 AM
Old people are retiring!
Young people are using mass transit, and bicycles!

Oh. Yeah. Recession, we don't have money for gas, or cars, or insurance, but clearly this is an affectation of youth, not economics. Next thing you know they'll want to work from home using their computer boxes instead of buying that precious refined oil! Its craziness I say! The numbers must go UP! FOREVER.
 
2013-05-15 07:58:10 AM
Article worked fine on my android phone. Gonna have to see what the pc does.
 
2013-05-15 08:01:24 AM
Even  decent used cars cost of fortune. You can easily spend $26k a new car without getting anything special.
 
2013-05-15 08:01:25 AM
As long as we can't read TFA, we might as well talk about which current dangerous teenage sex game alarms us the most.
 
2013-05-15 08:01:53 AM
Please log in?
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2013-05-15 08:02:43 AM

SuperChuck: Koodz: Yeah, that was the take-home lesson.  Driving while texting is dangerous, so stop driving.

I don't want to be one of those kids-these-days people, but just had dinner with my sister-in-law and seven year old niece yesterday.  Kid can't function without her eyes glued to a screen of some sort.  Who brings an iPad to a Chinese buffet?

What else is a 7 year old going to do at a Chinese buffet while the boring ass adults talk about BS kids don't care about?


Right?  Hell, I wouldn't be able to survive one of my wife's family gatherings without the games on my phone or iPad.
 
2013-05-15 08:03:32 AM
I have a full time job and can barely keep up with the gas prices to get places, I cant imagine what its like for a teenager who's holding down a part time job if any. I remember when I could actually say "Hey lets go for a drive" without feeling a little sick, or mentally doing a budget in my head on what im going to have to cut out of the month's expenditures. Id say that more than anything is what's keeping kids off the road. Ridiculous gas prices? Easy digital access to your friends? Online socializing that doesnt require transport? Its a no farking brainer.
 
2013-05-15 08:03:36 AM
My parents made me save up all my fair money (money I made selling my 4-H animals at the fair) and by the time I was 15 (which would have been around 1996) I had enough to buy my first vehicle (1990 Dodge Dakota).  Living in a rural area, it represented freedom. I no longer had to ride the damn school bus for an hour every morning, I didn't have to ask my parents to take me anywhere, it was very liberating.

Friday and Saturday nights consisted of driving around and finding people.  If you were lucky they were at their houses.  IF you were unlucky they were out in a field somewhere around a fire and you had to spend an hour figuring out where they were or go home.  This was right on the edge of the "cell phone cliff", that period where a few people had them, but they weren't cheap enough for everybody to have them (in a few years everybody had one).  We actually used CB radios to contact each other.

I made sure I never did anything to lose my license because I dreaded going back to a life of being stuck at home and riding the bus.  I didn't get a ticket until I was 29 (going 68 in a 55 on a rural state route, got caught in the moment).
 
2013-05-15 08:13:09 AM

Fark U: stereotype


Actually not a stereotype, Grand Way parking lot in northern New Jersey. Every Saturday night, that's the way it was. 1970s
 
2013-05-15 08:14:09 AM
Well, you can't infinitely grow the hours of driving done per capita. There are only 24 hours in the day, after all. At a certain point, more driving simply doesn't make sense. So I'm sure it had to level at some point.
 
2013-05-15 08:15:32 AM
Not really "young people" as such.  The move to urbanization, or to put it more realistically the reversal of the trend toward turning everything into suburbs, is a long-running trend going back to the '80s when we first realized how bad suburbs were for the environment and what a pain in the ass it was to have to drive everywhere.  Relying on free and cheap transportation and keeping your routes short isn't some mysterious trend so much as basic common sense.

If the trend says that "young people" are driving less, that's likely just because younger people are more mobile and thus more capable of moving somewhere where they don't need to drive as much.  Basically everyone  wants to do so at this point, old people just tend to have expensive shiat that can't be moved, like a house.
 
2013-05-15 08:19:47 AM
Kenneth Orski, a transportation consultant, offered a skeptical view of the permanence of the driving trend. "When twentysomethings get older and start having kids, they move to the more affordable suburbs in search of more space and better schools - and start driving," he said.

So over the last 5 or 6 years twentysomethings haven't been getting older or having kids?
 
2013-05-15 08:19:54 AM
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R.I.P. Bill Cullen's tweets.
 
2013-05-15 08:22:55 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Fark U: stereotype

Actually not a stereotype, Grand Way parking lot in northern New Jersey. Every Saturday night, that's the way it was. 1970s


Yes, the world obviously revolves around you.
 
2013-05-15 08:25:12 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Fark U: stereotype

Actually not a stereotype, Grand Way parking lot in northern New Jersey. Every Saturday night, that's the way it was. 1970s


Cruise night on the El Camino Real. Every Friday night from Tanforan to Hillsdale. Mid to late 70's-early 80's. White, black, yellow or brown, didn't matter. That's where the cool kids hung out. Gas, grass or ass, nobody rode for free.
 
2013-05-15 08:26:13 AM
Ehh, when you're commuting to/from work driving is monotonous at best and miserable at worst.  I sold my car and started taking public transport and I don't miss commuting one bit.  I read a bit more than I used to, as well.  The biggest adjustment was going from buying groceries once a week in a single trip to stopping two or three times a week on my way home from work (have a pair of nylon grocery bags that I keep in the bottom of my briefcase, they fold up to about the size of a pack of cigarettes, very handy)

/though I might get a motorcycle eventually, for the weekends
 
2013-05-15 08:31:29 AM

Radioactive Ass: AlwaysRightBoy: Fark U: stereotype

Actually not a stereotype, Grand Way parking lot in northern New Jersey. Every Saturday night, that's the way it was. 1970s

Cruise night on the El Camino Real. Every Friday night from Tanforan to Hillsdale. Mid to late 70's-early 80's. White, black, yellow or brown, didn't matter. That's where the cool kids hung out. Gas, grass or ass, nobody rode for free.


"the cool kids" who are now doing WHAT with their lives?

I prefer the cooler kids who were home playing musical instruments.
 
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