SAN DIEGO (KNSD/NBC) - A new report claims 13 percent of cell phone users have pretended to be on the phone to avoid talking or acknowledging someone nearby.
While pretending to talk on the phone may seem like cheating, some people say it's a fair way to avoid an uncomfortable situation.
"I think that it just happens that the cell phone is a very handy excuse to say, 'I'm so sorry, I'd love to talk to you, but not now.' Because rather than to say look, 'I'm in a hurry, I've got a doctor's appointment,' or some of the old excuses before the cell phone," said Dr. Richard Levak, psychologist.
Levak says there's nothing wrong with delaying certain interactions until you're ready.
But there may be something wrong with faking a cell phone conversation.
"Well, it is ironic that cell phones are there to keep us all connected, and here we are occasionally using a cell phone to stay disconnected," he said.
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