Used Cell Phones Help to Ignore People

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Last updated April 12, 2019

Some users of new and old cell phones may be using their devices in order to avoid social interaction with people they do not care for or if they simply do not feel like talking to them, according to a new study.  The study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the results of which were released yesterday, says that many cell phone users pretend to be using their phone in order to avoid having to have a conversation with someone in real life.

Pew polled no less than 2277 people in the study, and found that as many as 13 percent of them had pretended to on the phone to avoid having to talk to someone.  Generally speaking, it was those between the ages of 18-29 who were more likely to pull such a stunt, with no less than 30 percent of those who say they have done so being in that demographic, in comparison to those between the ages of 30 and 49 (11 percent) and those between the ages of 50 and 64 (6 percent).

Many people also use their cell phones solely for the purposes of entertainment, with no less than 42 percent of those surveyed admitting to have used their cell phone for no reason other than to stave off boredom.  70 percent of younger users counted among those likely to do this, followed by the 30 to 49 demographic on 50 percent.