recognizing Arthur C. Clarke’s third law

I’m in the phone booth, it’s the one across the hall

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oldtelephonesOne out of every six (17.5%) U.S. households no longer has a landline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). It could be even higher than that, since even the report notes the potential for underreporting this percentage in a survey that ironically was conducted over landlines.

That statistic got a lot of press coverage, most of which omitted two additional intriguing findings. One is that this does not represent much of a jump; rather, this has been a slow and steady climb. Even more fascinating, approximately 2.5% of households had no telephone service at all (neither wireless nor landline), representing nearly 5 million adults (2.1%) and 2 million children (2.5%). Plow through the government-speak for yourself here (PDF).  (Creative Commons photo by givepeasachance/Dan Brady) (Thanks to Jake Lee for the lyrics, via Blondie if you must.)


Written by chris

December 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

Posted in Culture, Mobile

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