In yet another sign that I live in a bubble out here on the left coast, I’m finding it hard to believe that barely more than half of all adults between 25 and 29 have cut the cord. That’s what a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Only half (actually, 51.3%)? I can’t come up with more than five people I know in that age group that has a landline unless they still live with their parents. Of course there are a lot of late twenty somethings still living with their parents these days.
Though I’m surprised that the pace for cutting the cord on home telephone lines isn’t through the roof in this age group and others, this last reporting period does mark the first time that the majority of any adult group is without landline. What’s odd to me though is how much more inclined the 18-24 and 30-34 groups are to be living in a household with an active landline. Only 39.9% of 18-24 year olds and 40.4% of 30-34 year olds are exclusively wireless. Statistics and trends aside, the continued decline of landline-connected homes is all but certain. One of every four adults in the United States isn’t just mobile first today, we are mobile only.