79pc of people have used phone to avoid talking to people

15 May 2014

Being anti-social in the social generation is more common than we think, according to a new study that suggests 79pc of people use their phone to avoid talking to people on the street.

That percentage increases to 91pc when it comes to those under the age of 30.

The survey undertaken by consumer research group Work. Shop. Play has found that in many cases, the average smartphone user confides in a phone and considers it on a par with a close friend and learns as much from it as a teacher.

The survey also polled respondents with respect to shared digital content. Women are reportedly more ruthless when it comes to deleting their partner’s recorded content on their DVR, with 37pc of those surveyed having pressed the delete button.

Meanwhile, sending that less than work-safe message to your mother rather than your partner is more common than you think, with 56pc of people surveyed admitting to making that immediate phone call after a mis-sent text.

Shocked on phone image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic