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, while83 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.