No surprise: younger households are more likely to go without land lines.
But a new survey from the National Center for Health Statistics also reports that wireless-only users are more likely to drink heavily, to smoke and – despite those habits – be physically fit.
Here are some of the usage and health stats:
- 50.8% of adults live in households with only mobile phones
- 39.4% of adults have both landline and mobile phones
- 6.5% of adults have just a landline.
- 70% of Americans 25-34 have mobile phones only
- More than seven in ten adults living in rented homes have only wireless telephones
- The percentage of adults who had at least one heavy drinking day in the past year was substantially higher among wireless-only adults (29.8%) than among adults living in landline households (18.8%). Wireless-only adults were also more likely to be current smokers.
- Compared with adults living in landline households, wireless-only adults were more likely to have their health status described as excellent or very good - and more likely to have met federal aerobic activity guidelines.
If you want to really wonk out, here's the full report.