Friday, February 3, 2012

30 Days of Random Questions, Day 29

Day 29:  Would you rather give up internet access or driving?

I read a disturbing article a few months ago about how teens are more interested in smart phones and internet access than driving. Now, there is a trend towards kids not getting their licenses until they are 17 or 18.

Man, have things changed.

Just more proof that the kids of the 80's were way more awesome than kids today.
Hell yeah.
Oh, and get off my lawn.

When I was a teenager, you know, in the times of the dinosaurs, we got our licenses on our birthdays.


You made that appointment months in advance.  You were getting that license on the very first day it would legally be allowed.  If you were lucky, your parents picked you up from school and took you early enough in the afternoon that you could celebrate your freedom that day by driving around nowhere in particular.  It didn't matter where you were going.


Remember the first time you drove out of town by yourself???  The freedom?  The open road?  

For us, the pinnacle of teenage awesomeness was the first time you got to drive to the beach with your friends.  Doesn't get much better than that, to be honest.  

You could listen to the music as loud as you wanted.  You could take the long way home.  You could race cops in the early morning hours.  (shhh, don't tell my kids I ever did irresponsible things like that)

But these days?  

They'd rather have the newest iphone, they'd rather have avatars and virtual identities, they'd rather tweet every mundane detail about their lives, they'd rather take horrendously tacky pictures of themselves making the duck face in bathroom mirrors.  
Zoolander did it best.  Oh, and this was a comedy,
not an actual attempt to look sexy.
I don't get it.  I'd much rather be able to drive.

It must be because I was raised with the dinosaurs.

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