No Landline? Chances Are You're Younger - But More Likely to Smoke & Drink

posted by Dave Arlington - 

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.

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