Thursday, December 26, 2013

Idahoans Top Nation in Going Wireless

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

More than half of Idahoans live wirelessly, preferring cellular phones to landlines, the Washington Post reports.

Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Idaho is the only state where a majority of residents use only cellular phones—52.3 percent, according to the study.

States that also scored high in terms of the percentage of residents exclusively using cellular phones include Arkansas, Mississippi and Utah, which join Idaho in having 45 percent or more of residents relying on cell service. They're also some of the states with the lowest per capita income.

In fact, the study found that cellular reliance is heaviest among people who live below the poverty line, live in houses with people unrelated to them and in geographically isolated areas.

According to the study, the results—that an increasing number of households are relying on cellular phones instead of land lines—imply that it will soon be more difficult for random digit dial telephone surveys to reach interviewees, since cellphones have not been traditionally included in their survey parameters. For the rest of us, that means fewer phone disturbances during dinner.

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