question of the weekend: Do you still have a landline phone?
A recent study revealed that:
– 24.5% of adults only have cell phones
– almost 50% of adults age 25 to 29 only have a cell phone
– 14.9% of U.S. homes have a wired phone that is rarely or never used
I’ve been cell-phone only for maybe five years now, and in fact I only bothered going to the expense and hassle of getting a landline installed in the apartment where I live now when I first moved in eight years ago because I needed it for DSL, which was the only high-speed Internet access then available in the neighborhood. Shortly after, my cable company started offering ISP services, but I let that tethered phone linger in my apartment for a few more years, till I realized I was throwing about 30 bucks a month on something that I literally never used. And I wasn’t at all sorry when I finally dumped it.
Do you still have a landline phone?
Oh, and here’s something I find find fascinating about the move to cell-phone-only telecommunications: A phone number used to be associated with a physical location. Now, more and more frequently, a phone number corresponds to a person, not a place. I’ve got friends who live down the block but whose phone number is technically “in” another area code halfway across the country. My phone number is left over from when I lived in a different area code: I had already had the number for years when I moved here and saw no reason to change it.
It’s funny, too, that with caller ID, which is standard on every cell phone, the first question that usually pops to mind when someone calls isn’t “Who are you?” but “Where are you?”
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