13% cell phone users admit faking calls to avoid conversations

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2011, 17:13 PM IST

London: Thirteen percent of people stage fake calls on their mobile to avoid speaking to people around them, a new study has found.

That figure gets dialled up to 30 percent for the 18 to 29-year-old age range, and down to six percent for those between 50 and 64, reports the Daily Mail.

In the 30 to 49 per cent age range, 11 per cent are regular fakers.

Smartphone owners, meanwhile, did their bit to bring the average up, with one in five of them admitting to conducting phony calls.

Mobiles relieve boredom, too. Of those polled, 42 per cent turn to them for entertainment.

They can also be a life saver, with 40 per cent declaring their device as something they’d found useful in an emergency.

The survey, by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, which interviewed (by phone, of course) 2,277 Americans, found that a whopping 83 per cent owned some kind of mobile phone.

Most people – 73 per cent – used their device to send text messages or take photographs, which really highlights the march of technology.

As does the fact that 44 per cent surf the web on them.

The results of the survey also show that 16 per cent had difficulty reading something on their phone because the screen was too small and 10 per cent found entering a lot of text on their phone frustrating.

ANI