In 2010, just 46% of 17-year-olds had driver's licenses, compared with 69% in 1983.
Recent studies suggest our culture has shifted because technology now keeps teens connected to one another, unlike years ago when driving served that purpose. Socializing, music, movies, clothes – they’re all now available online.
Marketers say the Internet has made the freedom that comes with getting a driver’s license anticlimactic.
Automakers are keeping a wary eye on the trend. A December 2012 survey by Zipcar found that nearly 75% of people age 18 to 34 would rather shop online than in stores. Read the Los Angeles Times story that ran in The Seattle Times.