If you're like a lot of people, you look around a bit confused when you hear your home telephone ringing. If you use your cellphone to make phone calls, video chat with your family, send text messages and access the Internet, your home phone may be collecting dust.
That's increasingly commonplace. Soon, it's likely that the majority of homes in the United will not even have a landline phone that's connected to a phone outlet in the wall. In fact, that's already the case in most of the country.
A new study found that 47% of homes use only a cellphone. About 42% of homes have both a cellphone and a landline phone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just 12 years ago, by comparison, only 3% of homes only had cellphones. Today, only 8% of homes have only a landline phone.
In the Midwest, 52% of homes use only cellphones, and don't have landline phones. While the Northeast is far behind, at 32%, both the West and South have about half of homes with only cellphones.
You won't be surprised to know the trend is even more pronounced among young people. Among people in their 20s, 71% only use cellphones.
There's another upcoming trend, when it comes to at-home communication. About 3% of homes don't have a cellphone or landline phone at home, and that percentage is increasing.
The reason for that? It's unclear, but with fast Internet connections in most homes, it's easy to have video chats for free with friends and family around the world, using services like Microsoft's Skype.
Do you still use a landline phone? If so, let us know in comments.