Yesterday, I was invited to appear as a a guest on NPR’s On Point show with host Tom Ashbrook to talk about disappearing phone lines in American households.
In 2006, just 11% of homes had cell phones only. By the first half of this year, that number was 23% and climbing. And 37% of households say they don’t answer land lines anymore.
I think this trend underscores some big new realities in communications technology, such as wireless substitution, the megawar between telecoms and cable companies and the increasing sophistication of cell phones.
The show also featured Scott Steinberg, publisher of the technology product review site Digital Trends; and Mimi Ito, a research scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies new media use, especially among young people in the U.S. and Japan. She’s the lead researcher on a recently completed three-year study of teens and the Internet by the Digital Youth Project, supported by the MacArthur Foundation.