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LA Times (June 26)

2020/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“For the generation of Americans not yet old enough to drive, the demographic future has arrived. For the first time, nonwhite and Hispanic people were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019, an expected demographic shift that will grow over the coming decades, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.”


New York Times (May 25)

2018/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman brought new hope that he would drag “his hidebound country into the modern age with a new vision.” Reform, however, is now “in reverse in Saudi Arabia” as the young prince cracks down on those who advocated for women’s right to drive. “It will be impossible for Prince Mohammed to legitimately claim the reformist mantle and achieve his economic goals as long as women are prevented from taking their full and rightful place in Saudi Arabia’s future.


Chicago Tribune (September 19)

2017/ 09/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Teenagers are increasingly delaying activities that had long been seen as rites of passage into adulthood…. The percentage of adolescents in the U.S. who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976, with the most precipitous decreases in the past decade.” The larger story may be that youths have less interest in these actives “because in today’s society, they no longer need to.”


Bloomberg (January 11)

2016/ 01/ 13 by jd in Global News

“For many young people today, there’s a new rite of passage that’s bigger than learning to drive: getting your first phone number.” In 2014, only 77% of Americans aged 20 to 24, possessed a driver’s license, down from 92% in 1983. The ability of social media to bridge distance may be one factor accounting for the pronounced trend.