The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report that indicates that one in four American homes are now using wireless phones exclusively, rather than depending on the traditional landlines. In fact, the number is eight times what is was six years and varies over state and region. For instance, families in the Northeast are using wireless phones exclusively less than other states.

As a frame of reference, only about 13 percent of homes are exclusively using landlines. There are many reasons for this switch. Many people use wireless phones because of the array of easy-to-use features, including voicemail, call forwarding, and texting, which don’t automatically come with landlines. In addition, cell phones are obviously mobile and have affordable long-distance calling plans. The change to the exclusive use of cell phones probably stems from the convenience of just having to use or call just one number, rather than switching from phone to phone. Furthermore, cell phones and numbers can be easily transferred or moved, whereas landlines do not have the ease of this option. One can easily switch one’s cell phone on and off, depending on whether they want to receive calls and each member of the family can have their own phone to communicate with. Traditionally, multiple land lines would have to be purchased, upping cost and inconvenience.

Cell phones, especially smart phones, offer even more options that traditional land lines do not, including access to the internet and email, a variety of apps and instant messaging, condensing communication techniques.