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Teens, Technology, and Transportation

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03/25/2014

In the face of increasing sprawl and car-dependence in US metropolitan areas, young people – especially teens in middle-class suburbs – are experiencing new mobilities generated by their near-universal adoption of cellphones and increasing access to private automobiles. In a project with teens in two high schools in Chittenden County, Vermont, we used a mix of methods to explore the rapid changes in teens' lives fostered by tools such as cell phones, texting, mobile internet access, and various forms of messaging. We find that millennial teens use digital devices to construct new intersections between communication, information, and transportation, and may indicate new forms of mobility and interaction with places. 

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