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Forms of instant communication for Gen Y, Millennials, and younger are solidly embedded into culture, they are the preferred medium of communication, and there’s no turning back. Now that your mind has been blown (or maybe slightly), do you think Oklahoma’s texting while driving law is making a difference when Millennials and Gen Y while behind the wheel? What have you observed yourself?
The use of texting, in a 2014 Gallup poll confirmed a self-evident truth: text messages now outrank phone calls as the dominant form of communication among Millennials. Fully 68% of 18- to 29-year-olds say that they texted “a lot” the previous day, which plunges to 47% among 30- to 49-year-olds and 26% among 50- to 64-year-olds.
Now the issue of the numbers of Millennials getting behind the wheel. Ownership of a driver’s license is decreasing with Millennials. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found 76.7% of people aged 20 to 24 have a driver’s license. This is a decline from 79.7% in 2011, 82% in 2008, and 91.8% in 1983 according to the report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. This decline is affected by multiple possible factors, high vehicle costs, residing in dense urban areas, increased school debt loads, apathy toward vehicle ownership,...
U of M TRI also found 24.5% of 16-year-olds had a driver's license in 2014. This is down from 27.5% in 2011, 31.1% in 2008, and 46.2% in 1983.
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