13 Percent of Cell Phone Owners Use Faux Calls to Avoid Unwanted Conversation

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A study conducted by the Pew Research Center Project also finds that 29 percent of survey respondents turn off their phone for a period of time just to get a break from using it.

If you have every pretended to use your mobile phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around you, it turns out that you’re not alone.

Respondents to a new survey revealed the many ways that they use their cell phones. And 13 percent of those respondents admitted that they recently pretended to use these devices as a way to avoid unwanted conversations.

The survey, conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, found that 83 percent of American adults have a mobile phone and have recently (within 30 days of their interview) used them in a variety of ways.

Among the findings:

-- 51 percent of adult cell phone owners have used their phone for quick information retrieval.

-- 40 percent of cell owners said they found themselves in an emergency situation in which having their phone with them helped.

-- 42 percent of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.

-- 29 percent of cell owners turned their phone off for a period of time just to get a break from using it.

-- 20 percent of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something.

-- 73 percent use their phones for text messaging and picture taking.

-- 54 percent use their phone to send photos or videos to others.

--The use of a cell phone to send a photo or video to someone rose from 36 percent of cell owners in May 2010 to 54 percent in May 2011. During that same period, those using their phone to access the internet rose from 38 percent to 44 percent.

Pew Research Center reported that 94 percent of young adults (those between the ages of 18 and 29) own cell phones, and 35 percent of American adults own a smartphone.