Dude, that's so 1995! Landline phones continue decline

If you still have and use a landline phone in your are now, officially, in the minority.

The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC for short, recently completed a study on the possession and use of hard-wired, land-line phones.

And for the first time, wireless use has surpassed the wired variety.

As reported by The Consumerist...

"The CDC estimates that more than a third (35.8%) of households are completely without landlines. Then there are the 15.9% of households that apparently use their still-connected landline as a paperweight or a reminder of days gone by. Combined, that means that 51.7% of households are effectively wireless-only. The 1.8% increase from last year pushed this group into the majority for the first time."

If you are in the 25-29 age are in the group most likely to be wireless only. 60% of people in that group live in households without land-line phones.

Only 25.8% of people between 45 and 64 are wireless only...and a tiny 10.5% for those aged 65 and over. So, it makes a bit more sense why younger adults might still be living in houses with landline phones.

Another interesting note from Consumerist...

"That notion is supported by the stat showing that a whopping 75% of adults living with non-related adult roommates are wireless only. So once young adults leave home, an overwhelming majority of them are choosing to just have a cell phone in their house. Renters are also more than twice as likely as homeowners to be wireless-only (58.2% compared to 23.2%, respectively)."

The CDC launched the study to help determine the effectiveness of telephone surveys...which it had only done with land-line phones in the past.

As it turns out, you can get strikingly different results depending on which group you or wireless.

For instance, the CDC points out that if you did a survey asking adults if they have had five or more alcoholic drinks in a single day during the past year, youâ??d get remarkably different numbers if you polled only landline users (17.5% of whom would respond in the affirmative) or only wireless users (30.5% of whom answered yes to the question). Similar disparities were found on the topics of health insurance, health care, exercise, smoking and HIV testing.

Do you still have a land-line phone? Or is your household 100% wireless?