Cars Losing Out To Phones As Status Objects

The use of autos as status objects is losing ground to a more environmentally and socially benign item -- phones.
May 3, 2004, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Phones are now the dominant technology with which young define themselves. What sort of phone you carry and how you customise it says a great deal about you, just as the choice of car did for a previous generation.

That mobile phones are taking on many of the social functions of cars is to be welcomed...A chirping handset is a much greener form of self-expression than an old banger. It may irritate but it is safe."

Thanks to John Beutler

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Published on Thursday, April 29, 2004 in The Economist
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