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Using Your Cell Phone To Ignore People

Do You Use Your Cell Phone To Ignore People?
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Have you ever been in this situation–you see someone you really, really don’t want to have a conversation with. So, you think, “What can I do to avoid talking?” You continue to think, “I want it to look as inconspicuous as possible and not too rude. Hmmmm….what can I do? Oh, yeah, my cell phone!”  A new survey finds people have faked using their cell phone to “avoid interaction with the people around them.”

So, have you done it–faked using your cell phone to avoid a conversation? According to findings from a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, 13 percent of people polled have pretended to use their phone to avoid interacting with people.

And, for younger adults, the percentage of those who have used their cellphones to ignore people increases. According to the survey, of those adults polled who were 18-29 years old, “30% have used their phone to avoid interacting with the people around them.”

You can read the full article “Americans and Their Cell Phones” by clicking the link. (It’s a direct link to the Pew Internet story)

I know I’m guilty of this. For example, on the rare occurrence when I’m on an elevator. Instead of staring at the floor, I just grab for my cell phone and pretend I am doing something important. How about you? Have you done something similar? Come on. I just admitted it!

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