While over 90 percent of Washington residents own a mobile phone, more than two-thirds say they still have a landline, according to a poll by PEMCO Insurance.
This differs from the national average, which shows an increasing dependence on mobile phones. A 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that half of households used a combination of landlines and wireless phones and just 8.6% only had landlines.
Of those who report having a landline in Washington, 38 percent say they keep the line in case of emergency.
Even though many respondents said their landline was for emergency situations, 45 percent said they use the phone several times a day.
In addition, more than 40 percent of Washington residents who took the poll said they keep a landline for convenience, including communicating with service companies.
“We were surprised to learn that in such a tech-savvy corner of the country, so many households still use landlines,” said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. “But the rationale for keeping them seems to favor safety over other issues like cost and convenience.”
According to the CDC, households solely dependent on cell phones have far exceeded those who only have landlines.
PEMCO's poll uncovered another changing communication pattern. Nearly two-thirds of those under 35 who use cell phones say they regularly use their phone to communicate with another person inside their house.
“This confirms what many of us see – people texting each other from across the room or from floor to floor, rather than talking face to face,” Osterberg said. “Technology is changing how we interact.”
PEMCO surveyed over 600 Washington residents for this poll.