car or smartphone?

Ask a kid. Take teenagers 20 years ago and ask them would they rather have a car or a computer? And the answer would have been 100% of the time they'd rather have a car, because a car represents freedom, right?

Today, ask kids if they'd rather have a smartphone or a car if they had to pick and 100% would say smartphones. Because smartphones represent freedom. There's a huge social behavior reorientation that's already happening. And you can see it through that.

And I'm not saying nobody can own cars. If people want to own cars, they can own cars. But there is a new generation coming where freedom is defined by "I can do anything I want, whenever I want. If I want a ride, I get a ride, but I don't have to worry. I don't have to make car payments. I don't have to worry about insurance. I have complete flexibility." That is freedom too.

Inside the mind of Marc Andreessen

when I was in my 20s, a car was a status thing. Today, things start to change, little by little, even though the car (and the house) still remains an aspirational element signaling the wealth.

But, in an increasingly congested traffic in the big cities, a taxi, shared ride, pubic transport or even walking can be better and faster options from getting from A to B. As such, I have started using the car less and less, more so for shopping or getaway weekends.

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