While the kids of the 70s and 80s hitchhiked, today’s kids have a new way to “rideshare”- using social media. A lot of young people are apparently using Twitter and Facebook to post a message saying something like, “I’m going from ____ to _____ at __:00 a.m. Can someone give me a ride?” And it’s working! Not only with friends, but strangers are offering rides too.
When using Twitter, people even use has tags to say where they’re going, such as #AshleysPoolParty, and look for others headed to the same destination. But is it dangerous? NPR takes a look at the “cyber-hitchhiking” trend.