I guess I’m more affluent then, because I’d hate to think I fit into the “older” demographic now.Â This Slashdot post talks about the increasing trend among young people to give up the land line:
More than a quarter of the under-30 crowd has decided you only need one telephone â€” and it sure as heck does not plug into a wall. The trend towards an all-mobile lifestyle is accelerating, according to a new survey. Besides younger people, lower-income people are also more likely to have cut the cord. And while businesses may be a bit slower on the cell-only uptake, there appears to be little doubt at this point that the traditional landline will be joining rotary dials and party lines as a relic of the telecommunications industry.
I still have a land line, but I have thought about giving it up.Â I use my land line similarly to how I use GMail. Â When I want to give someone a phone number, but I really don’t want them bothering me, I’ll give them the land line.Â Anyone who I know well enough gets the cell phone number.Â I don’t answer calls on my land line unless I recognize the caller, which is rare, since everyone who knows me knows to call the cell phone.
Thinking about it, it probably makes sense to give up the land phone.Â But I doubt I’ll actually do it.Â It must be the old fogy in me that has a hard time letting go of the wire.