Zipcar survey says younger drivers more dependent on phones than cars

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It’s not exactly a surprise, but that hipster on the barstool over there will be more miffed if you take his iPhone or laptop than his car. That is, if he owns a car at all.

That’s the gist of a survey released by carsharing leader Zipcar, which says young people between 18- and 34-years-old are more likely to be disrupted by the loss of their phone or computer than their car. Many of those surveyed indicated that they often use smartphone apps to reduce driving, either by finding public-transportation methods or communicating with friends virtually rather than in person. Details are in Zipcar’s press release, below.

These results mirror those from a similar Zipcar study released 14 months ago, when 55 percent said they were “actively” trying to drive less. That was an increase from 2010, when the number was 45 percent. People between 18 and 34, aka “Millennials,” are also about twice as likely to use transportation-related apps than those over 45. The new poll, conducted last December by KRC Research, surveyed about 1,000 people, many of which own pork-pie hats, we suspect.

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