• Jul 6th 2007 at 2:38PM
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Ask any teenager a few years ago what one possession would boost their cool status, and you'd probably expect them to say 22-inch rims or an ear-bursting 3,000-watt car stereo. Oh how times have changed. CNW Marketing Research asked teens what they most wanted, and cars were actually way down the list.

Turns out, if you wanna be cool in 2007, personal transportation won't make it happen. No, only 20% of the survey's respondents said a car would impress their friends, down from 35% in 2000.

In 2007, it takes a different kind of mobility to boost cool. Mobile phones were the top desired possession among 16-29 year olds, with 32% saying one would impress their friends. Make it an iPhone, and, according to the researchers, that number almost doubles to 70%.

Other things more desirable than new cars were game systems, iPods, shoes and computers.

Oh, by the way. This post was written on an iPhone. On yeah. Autoblog is SO cool.

BTW - while doing this post we discovered more proof that someone at Apple reads Autoblog. If you begin typing "autoblog" in Notes, Email or SMS, the iPhone's internal dictionary will auto-finish the word for you and capitalize it. Thanks Steve! Photo after the jump.

[Source: CNW Marketing Research via Kicking Tires]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Most kids are dumb. I'm 19 and would rather put that 5-600$$ into my car then on some stupid phone that'll be obsolete in 2 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My old Cingular HTC 8125 does everything plus more than the iPhone does. And for only $200! Storage capacity is only limited to the size of card I put in.
        • 8 Years Ago
        True, but it is also huge. Must be fun getting that htc in a jeans pocket. Looks like you have to wear that thing hanging off your belt. But at least you get to say "I'm Batman." :)
        • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      At least it's cheaper to be cool now...but now I have to throw away my parachute pants.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think thats not true becausei am a teenager and iphones are going to go out of style in less than 2 years and i have a porsche 928 for my high school car and everyone wants to ride with me and think that is it the coolset thing ever
      • 8 Years Ago
      is this post just an excuse to show off your new iphone?
        • 8 Years Ago
        My new iPhone is currently sitting here next to me unable to do jack because the people at AT&T are idiots. They also graciously deactivated the SIM card in my old phone, so I now I have no cell phone while AT&T takes it time activating the new iPhone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For me personally, an iPhone or similar device is higher up on the "want" list. This is largely due to the fact that I reside in a large urban center, where public transit is more than sufficient to get from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time. The money I save from not owning a car enables me to have luxuries that car owners my age (19) would not be able to afford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big problems
      A:No flash for camera
      B:AT&T as a carrier
      C:"You dropped a $500 WHAT?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alright, let's back off Adam. If he likes the Lincolns, that's his choice. I badly wanted a green Volvo wagon when I was in high school, and I turned out alright. By some standards, of course.

      Stick to your Lincoln, Adam! I hope you always get to drive what you like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      dude I'm typing this from my iPhone too the iPhone is a great device and yea a iPhone will get yea a date trust me women dog iPhones baby and yea I guess its prefernce but still apple4life
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lol, people at apple do read autoblog. Ya know why I know this? I found autoblog thanks to apple. They had a list of RSS feeds built into their Safari browser, and I was cruising through them....
      ...And I've been coming here daily ever since!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am typing this from my iPhone too!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the iPhone were a car, what kind would it be?

      I say Camaro, because those who buy them are trying way to hard to be cool. It's not true of all Camaro owners, I'm just sayin...
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