Pew Shows Swelling Number of Mobile Users Depend on Handset to Combat Boredom

If boredom is a disease, mobile phones are apparently the cure.

According to the findings of a not-too-hard to believe study engendered by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, mobile phones have become the “go-to” device for just about everything, especially when it comes to warding off boredom.

42% of cell owners use their phone for entertainment when they were bored, the Pew study shows. Given that 83% of American adults now own some kind of cell phone, there’s a whole lot of boredom being eliminated by mobile devices it seems.

In addition to combating boredom, mobile phones are also just as helpful when it comes to avoiding people.

Cell phones can help prevent unwanted personal interactions – 13% of cell owners pretended to be using their phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around them.

Half of all adult cell owners (51%) had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away in the last thirty days. One quarter (27%) said that they experienced a situation in the previous month in which they had trouble doing something because they did not have their phone at hand.

To learn more about the Pew report and its insightful findings, click here.