Do you still have a landline telephone? If you do, that’s so twentieth century of you. We gave up our landline phone in 2010. My wife and I both had cellphones, as did my son and daughter, so it became somewhat redundant to have a landline. And more importantly, to pay for a landline.
Well, my friends, it turns out I was prescient. I was reading the newspaper this morning and read an article that informed me that more than half of U.S. households have ditched landline phones.
(And yes, I see the irony of reading in a physical newspaper about how cellphones have replaced landlines, so no need to point that out to me.)
In 2006, just a dozen years ago, only 15.8% of survey respondents said they didn’t have a landline phone. Now, 53.9% of American households rely entirely on cellphones, according to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The shift from landline to wireless isn’t all that surprising. Today’s smartphones can do so much more than landlines. Like texting, emailing, surfing the net, and watching porn. At the same time, the quality and connectivity of cell service has become increasingly reliable, and many people who grew up in the age of cellphones and data plans have never even had to use a landline.
But before we Americans get all braggadocio about how tech-savvy we are, let’s bear in mind that in some European countries, 80 to 90 percent of households are wireless only.