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Fake Calls Used to Avoid Social Interaction Reveals Pew Internet Study

A new study has revealed that a substantial number of American adults have used their mobile phones to avoid a social interaction by making a fake call.

A new report published by Pew Internet & American Life Project has revealed that around 13 percent of total American adults surveyed have made fake calls to avoid any sort of social conversation with people.

Out of these people, 30 percent belonged to the age group of 18-29 while around 11 percent people aged between 30 and 49 made fake calls to avoid any social conversation.

Out of 2,277 people surveyed by Pew, 42 percent have used their mobile phone to waive off the boredom by indulging into games, music, videos, exploring apps and chats on IM. Out of them around 70 percent were young people while 51 percent of the people were between 30 and 49.

"For many Americans, cell phones have become an essential tool and playtime toy. They use their phones for 'on-the-go' entertainment and just-in-time information, but many have a complicated relationship with their phone.” Aaron Smith, one of the senior researchers at Pew stated.

The research shows that approximately 83 percent of total American adults now own a cell phone while 94 percent of them between the age of 18-29 have one.