Video killed the radio star. And the Internet is about to kill the auto industry. Researchers at the University of Michigan noted a disturbing trend: More young adults would rather surf the web than cruise the highway. In a new study, Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that a higher proportion of Internet users is associated with fewer drivers licenses among young persons.
It is a worldwide trend. Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway and South Korea have seen similar declines over time.
About 94 percent of Americans in their 20s had a driver’s license in 1983. In 2008, that number had dropped to about 84 percent.
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