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Smartphones owners in the US use their phones in strange places to avoid communicating with others

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 12, 2013.

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It would seem that the millions of smartphones in the world would help keep mankind more connected with each other, but phones are often used at inappropriate times and in ways that prevent connecting with those around us.

While LG was developing the G2 smartphone, it had the Kelton research firm poll 1,152 adults in the US. The survey discovered that Americans have a habit of staring down at their phones at times when they should be talking to the folks around them or focused on a specific activity. For instance, 77 percent of smartphone owners regularly use their phone while in the bed with someone else. That's not too bad because couples read and watch TV without talking to each other. However, 48 percent of people feel comfortable using their phones in places of worship, 75 percent in public restrooms, and 35 do it for the sole purpose of avoiding contact with someone.

The consumer survey provides some statistical backup for common anecdotal evidence that smartphones are a communication blocker and enabler. It's wonderful that the technology keeps us connected to an endless stream of information and people half way around the world, but many people can't help but somewhat too wrapped-up in their phones. It's a testament that devices can inspire that kind of fascination, and I'm sure that's exactly what LG and every other manufacturer is trying to do, but it's somewhat comical or uncomfortable depending on your perspective.

Here's an infographic showing LG and Kelton's findings.

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