Over half of US adults now live in mobile-only homes - study

Wednesday 18 January 2017 | 15:10 CET | News

The number of US adults living landline free and with only mobile phones has doubled since 2010, reaching 52 percent last fall, from 26 percent six years before, according to the latest GfK study. As expected, young people live in mobile-only homes, but older people are also catching up.

The proportion of senior citizens (ages 65+) in mobile-only households quadrupled over the past six years to 23 percent, while the figure for Millennials (born from 1977 to 1994) jumped to 71 percent from 47 percent. Generation Xers (born 1965 to 1976) is the age group most likely to live in mobile-only households, at 55 percent. By comparison, the figure for Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) is 40 percent.

Among ethnic and racial groups, adults of Hispanic or Latino origin or descent have the highest incidence of living free of landline telephones (67%) compared to Asian Americans (54%), whites (51%), and African Americans (50%). Looking across regions, the Northeast has the smallest concentration of mobile-only households (39%), against the Midwest (53%) and the South (57%). Data show that 57 percent of Northeast homes have bundled data and TV services, versus 49 percent in the South and less elsewhere.

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