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A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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They said video killed the radio star and it seems that the iPhone has killed the landline according to a new survey from the CDC reported on the L.A. Times website.

More than half of American households 54% rely entirely on cellphones. In 2006, only 16% said they didn’t have a landline phone.

This is a trend that will only continue to grow as smartphone technology advances and younger Americans grow up without using a landline. Heck, I bet a lot of kids don’t even know how to use a landline.

I believe there are some downsides to landlines dying off. Number one, landlines were not an addictive piece of technology. No one sat there all day using one. It’s also more dependable than a cellphone, especially in bad weather, but the increase of reliance on smartphones inside the home is just gonna make more people stay on them longer, fueling more social and societal problems as people become more additive to using it.

Landlines had a good run though. Long live landlines.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-landline-cellphone-20180606-story.html