Searches for landline are actually increasing, why?

Google trends: searches for landline

With more and more people cutting their landline phones, you’d expect that searches on Google for landline would decrease in the past 12 years. Google searches for landline are actually increasing, because there are more people who don’t know what a landline is.

Mentions of the word landline in books were pretty consistent starting in the 1940s through the 1980s. Then in the 1990s the term gets really busy, appearing 5.5 times MORE. What’s up with that?

Google books ngram: landline mentions

In the late 1990s, the mobile phone became more commonplace in people’s hands. We needed a term to distinguish our landline phones with our mobile phones.

Google Ngram View: Mobile phone vs. landline

Use of mobile phone blows landline out of the water! Which sorta makes sense. In a book, how many times are people going to say “landline”? Instead people often say “home phone”.

Google Ngram viewer: landline vs. home phone

Home phone predates landline by about 20 years. In the year 2006, landline crossed over and is mentioned more frequently than home phone.

Just now, Google searches for landline are finally catching up to searches for home phone.

Google trends: landline vs home phone

Back to the original theory that more people are searching for landline, because there are more people who don’t know what a landline is. Let’s compare the searches for landline vs mobile phone.

Google trends: landline vs. mobile phone

Certainly enough, there are less people searching for mobile phone over time. People know what a mobile phone is!

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