Increasing Danger From Cell Phones
June 07, 2008
More and more Americans are eliminating their landlines in favor of wireless phones, and as such are having increasing exposures to cell phone dangers.
Nearly one in six households are now wireless-only, according to a new survey by the National Institutes of Health.
About 14.5 percent of adults, or 32 million Americans, live in wireless-only households, as do 10 million children. In 2006, less than one in eight adults lived in wireless-only households, and in 2004, only one in 18 adults did, so the trend is clearly increasing.
The greatest indicator of who is likely to live in a wireless-only household is age. Nearly a third of those aged 18-29 have no land lines, as opposed to people aged 30-44 (15.5 percent), 45-64 (8 percent), and 65 or older (only 2.2 percent).
Even among households that still have both landlines and mobile phones, over 22 percent received "all or almost all" calls on mobile phones. In all, over 13 percent of households are “wireless-mostly.”