A full 20% of US households have given up their landlines. And that segment is now outpacing the number of landline only houses, which stands at 17%. A generation very soon will not know the concept of a home phone line. But in today’s mobile device world, everyone will have their own unique device where talking is just another embedded or installed feature. And I would argue that talking on the phone is almost a secondary function these days, behind emailing, texting, Twittering, and posting to Facebook. But are we losing something here too? Is technology chipping a little bit more away from how the traditional elements of the traditional household and family? Like the boy calling the girl’s house and having to talk his way through the suspicious father? Or brothers and sisters battling for phone time?
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