The public opinions and trends researchers at Pew Internet & American Life Project just released a new report focused on how people use their cell phones. Amid the obvious topics — like whether people use them in emergency situations (yes, 40 percent say) or if these devices can stave off boredom (duh — 42 percent use them to entertain while killing time) — there was another interesting nugget that caught my eye.

According to this survey, 13 percent of all mobile phone users in the U.S. admit to using pretend calls just to avoid talking to the people around them. And the younger generation (18-29) is extra guilty of this, with 30 percent doing it.

I can’t decide if I’m surprised at how high this statistic is, or at how low it is. It’s probably one of those things people do all the time, but never think others would. (Kind of reminds of me of an old cubicle mate who used to pick up her landline whenever her boss came by.)

What about you? Do you fake calls once in a while? Habitually? Or never?  Vote in our poll, and then let us know more of your thoughts in the comments.

[via GeekSugar, source Pew Internet & American Life Project]