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A New Survey Reveals the Changing Role of Phones in Society

Mon 22 Aug, 2011 // Firstnumber Team
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A new industry survey has revealed that more and more people are using their mobile phones to get out of social situations, to ignore individuals that they don't want to speak to.

The study, which was conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, interviewed 2,277 Americans and discovered that of the 83% who said they owned a mobile phone, many of them had turned to their phones in order to avoid having to talk to someone, with 13% of those surveyed admitting that they resorted to this tactic when they didn't want to speak to a person that was nearby.

This figure changed dramatically with specific age ranges, with 30% of those surveyed in the 18-29 age bracket also admitting to the same tactic, while the figure dropped to 11% for adults aged 30 to 49, and nosedived to just 6% for those respondents aged between 54 and 60 years of age.

Meanwhile the smartphone owners that were surveyed admitted to conducting a fake phonecall with a friend or relative, with one in five revealing that they had employed this tactic in order to avoid a conversation with somebody.

But while it seems that many people used their phones to avoid conversations, 42% said they used their mobile phone for enjoyment in times of boredom, with 73% saying that they used their phone to send text messages, or to take photographs. A further 44% said that they used their phone in order to surf the net, while 16% admitted that they had difficulty reading something on their phone because the screen was too small, and 10% said they found that writing a long text message on their phone was frustrating.

While the results of this survey may seem a little extreme, due to the fact that people have admitted to using their phones in order to get out of an awkward situation, it shows just how much we have come to rely on a mobile phone, with 40% of those surveyed saying hat their phone had been useful in an emergency. However, owning a mobile phone doesn't mean you have to avoid human contact, remember to use your mobile in your own time, because after all, telecommunication is meant to help people connect with each other, not drive them apart.

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