Survey Finds Two in Five Households in the United States Only Have Cellphones

Published By : 09 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A survey conducted in the United States has revealed that a higher number of homes now have only cellphones, and no landlines. The survey showed that 41% homes are now without landlines, as of the second half of 2013. The survey was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in a report this week.

The survey found that those who did not have a landline were ones who were poorer, renters, younger, and/or Hispanic. As compared to the second half of 2012, 2.8% more American homes were found to be without landlines during the same period in 2013.

This also indicates that there has been a slowdown in the annual increase in cellphone-owning households as compared to the years between 2010 and 2012.

The survey classified a household as ‘wireless only’ if it had at least one family that used only wireless devices and there were no landline phone services in that household. These numbers, as shown by the CDC, were obtained from the National Health Interview Survey that is conducted along the year to gather healthcare and health status data.

In the second half of 2013, the CDC interviewed a total of 21,512 households. Questions asked as part of the survey included whether the household had owned a landline since 2003. The survey found that two-thirds of people who were a part of the survey, and were in the age group of 25 to 29, were in households without a landline - and with only a wireless phone. Within this age bracket, the highest concentration of wireless-only households was in the 18 to 24 years age group and the 30 to 34 years segment.
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