Avoid socializing by pretending to use your phone? You're not alone [telecom]

Avoid socializing by pretending to use your phone? You're not alone By Casey Johnston

If you pretend to use your cell phone to avoid talking to others, congratulations-you are part of the rudest 13 percent of the American public. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, while

83 percent of American adults have a cell phone of some kind, only 13 percent have pretended to use them so they didn't have to interact with someone.

Americans are still using phones by and large for useful things: 73 percent text, and 44 percent use their phone to access the Internet, even though only 35 percent have smartphones. Most cell phone owners have recently used their phones to obtain information they needed immediately (51 percent), but less than 6 percent on average have used their phone for a video call.


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Monty Solomon
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No, the *best* way to not use your cellphone is on a train or other public space when some-other annoying idiot is carrying on with an inane mono-versation (one-sided conversation) and obviously embarrassing or annoying everyone else.

Then you get your phone and pretend to answer a call with something like the following (spoken VERY loudly):

"Look I can't talk right now as I don't want to be one of those annoying idiots that inconsiderately use their phones on the train/bus/whatever, I'll call you back later" and then pretend to hang up.

Do it in the right place and you'll get smiles from everyone else and a dirty look from the annoying fool on the phone that might finally get the hint.

-- Regards, David.

David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.

Reply to
David Clayton

There's nothing especially rude about not desiring to have a conversation with a stranger or an acquaintance in public. On the other hand, imposing conversation on someone who wants to be alone in his own thoughts is quite rude indeed.

If anything, pretending to be otherwise occupied isn't an explicit statement to the other person that his conversation isn't welcome because of his personality or what he appears to be.

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Adam H. Kerman

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