questionscar vs smartphone/internet if you could only…

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I recently had to stop driving and I have to say I don't miss it that much. Pretty much anything you need can be delivered. Now if you took away my iPhone or Computer? I'd be a basket case. But it might be different for teens and young adults then for me in my advanced years.

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I'd choose car. I already live without a smart phone, so pretty much proved to myself that I can live without one. But I need my car to get back and forth to work, there's no public transportation that I can use that would take me other than taxi, and that cost would be outrageous.

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I live in a rural location. As much as I'd hate to not have my phone, I can't live without transportation.

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It really depends on your situation.

Get a car if:
- Nobody else can drive you and you need to get somewhere.
- You really need it basically.

Don't get a car if:
- You can hitch a ride anytime.
- You do not go out often.
- Gas pricing.

As for teenagers driving in high school, I'd say its a safer bet to just take the smartphone. They shouldn't be driving yet. Why? Teenagers seem to be reckless (been there, done that) at that time of age (no offense) possibly due to peer pressure or just plain stupidity (Example: 19 year old drives under influence and kills two homeless people). They don't need to be driving around yet until they probably graduate from high school.

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I think the car choice depends on living location and access to other forms of transit.

(As someone without a car, I'd question the notion of 'not going out often', though I live in a big city and it is easy to get around.)

Always choosing the internet here. :)

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If I didn't have a car I couldn't go to work to pay for internet. If I have a car I can have both. It depends on your lifestyle and where you live. Some cities have adequate public transportation, others do not.

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Not surprising. Teens, even when hanging out with each other, have their faces buried in their smartphones. With Facebook and Twitter and all the other social media, they don't need to hang out to feel some sort of a social connection. Kind of sad but it is the truth, they would much rather spend their lives staring at a screen than outside living their life.

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I live in areas where I could bike and public transport, so I'd choose internet. I've been trying to have a smaller environmental footprint with transportation anyway...so this situation would actually be a good thing!

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If I didn't have to go to work, then I could live without the car. Sort of. Sadly, I do so I can't.

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Definitely a vehicle. I could easily live without a phone. I'm 50, and to me a smartphone is a waste of money. I have a pay-as-you-go phone and have no problems with that. YMMV

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@wisenekt: Also unfortunately, there's a link between the depression/suicide rate and dependence on socialization via electronic media. Social media feels like socialization, but there are some basic emotional needs that require a more personal connection. It's like living on a diet of only candy. Your belly feels full, but you are still starving to death.

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@moondrake: Agreeded, sometimes people just need a hug to remember that they are alive and matter to someone.