Cell phones are becoming increasingly popular, and landlines are feeling the effect. A recent report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the number of homes in the United States using landlines is at an all-time low. It seems landline phones are becoming a technology of the past as newer models continue to take their place.
The CDCP Reports a Drastic Change in Landlines Usage
In the latter half of 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that less than half of US homes utilized landlines. More specifically, the report published on May 4 stated that 50.8% of households use only cell phones. This number is up by 2.5% from the previous year. If this trend continues, as expected, the landline usage may become outdated within a decade.
As foreseen, young adults ranging in age from 25 to 34 comprised the largest rate of cell phone only usage. In fact, 71% of this cohort did not have a landline. However, young people are not the only ones opting out of landline use.
Older individuals as well report a lower overall landline use than in previous years. However, a majority of the elderly still use their landlines. A Pew Poll found that 52% of senior citizens aged 75 or older don’t report owning cell phones.
Although age played a significant role, income and health were also factors that had an impact on the results of this report. For example, adults in homes with landlines were less likely to report a day of heavy drinking. Also, these households were more likely to get flu shots and have health insurances. In monetary terms, households with no landline usage reported less of an income.
Living arrangements were also quite important. The report showed that people living with a roommate were more likely to depend solely on a mobile connection. Almost the same could be said about those that chose to rent their homes.
This new study also included people that have no telephone service in their homes, about 3,2 percent of the households involved in the report. It also targeted residences that own a landline but rarely use it.
With the cell phone use increasing with each year, the number of utilized landlines is also decreasing. This inversely proportional trend suggests that the number of US homes using a landline will continue to drop.
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