Take The Hint: People Avoid Human Contact

Have you ever pretended to be on your cellphone to avoid someone?

The Pew Internet and American Life Project says 13 percent of adult cellphone users in the U.S. have done that. Thirty percent of those ages 18 to 29 have done it in the past month. Eighty-three percent of Americans say they own some type of mobile phone. Forty percent say they have used their phones in emergencies — but are we becoming more reliant on cellphones for more than just that? Forty-two percent say they used their phones to stave off boredom, and 42 percent of people aged 18 to 29 say they had trouble doing something because they didn’t have their phones with them.


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