University of Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont Executive Committee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Teens, Technology, and Transportation"

Brian Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering; Transportation Research Center, University of Vermont

Meghan Cope, Professor & Chair; Department of Geography, University of Vermont


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                                Brian Lee                                                          Meghan Cope

In the face of increasing sprawl and car-dependence in US metropolitan areas, young people – especially teens in middle-class suburbs – are experiencing new mobilities generated by their near-universal adoption of cellphones and increasing access to private automobiles. In a project with teens in two high schools in Chittenden County, Vermont, we used a mix of methods to explore the rapid changes in teens' lives fostered by tools such as cell phones, texting, mobile internet access, and various forms of messaging. We find that millennial teens use digital devices to construct new intersections between communication, information, and transportation, and may indicate new forms of mobility and interaction with places. 

Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington (Chittenden County)
Time: 7:00 PM
Cost: Free

Sponsored by The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, UVM Department of Geography and The Center for Research on Vermont

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