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Top 6 times I use my phone to escape awkward social situations

Smartphones are powerful, consistently impressive, pieces of technology. Not a day goes by that we don't do something on their amazing screens that was inconceivable only a few years ago. But they're also really, really great props for avoiding uncomfortable situations. Here are my top six scenarios where my phone functions as a comfort object.

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The first rule of reality is never be without your smartphone. / © ANDROIDPIT

The best thing about using your phone to avoid awkward social interaction is that you don't even have to have it charged up. It's just a thing that you pretend to look at and do things on that are more important that anything in your physical surroundings. If you just look at it and move your finger around on the screen, everything's fine, it builds a barrier that keeps bad things away. Without further ado, here are six of my favorite scenarios for using a smartphone to make everything okay.

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Lying on the ground and pressing on your smartphone screen is an extreme but effective way of avoiding socially awkward situations. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Every time I'm on public transportation

Public transportation is one of those necessary evils we're all plagued with throughout our lives. Whether you're staring blankly into space for a few minutes before realizing you've actually been staring directly at a very uncomfortable stranger the whole time, someone else is doing this to you, or your eyes just have no idea where to look so keep darting to and from different people, public transportation is a gladiatorial arena for awkward social interaction. 

Before smartphones, we had newspapers and books, but smartphones are the ultimate way to occupy yourself on public transportation. Not only is your phone always to hand, like a knight's trusty sword, but you can merrily tap and scroll away for as long as it takes to breathe the sweet air of liberation on the far side of the automatic doors.

5. When having to change direction in the street

When I realize I've been walking in the wrong direction, there's no way to turn around without using my phone as a prop. Otherwise, everyone would know I've been walking the wrong way. By pulling out my phone, consulting the screen for a moment and pretending I have just come across a really important piece of information, I can turn around and no one will even notice how weird what I've just done is.

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"Ah, it's the other way!" / © ANDROIDPIT

4. In lifts

Lifts are tightly sealed Pandora's boxes of social awkwardness. Walk into a lift with other people and the air itself is replaced with large particles of anxiety that are bad for your skin. The only way to ease the pain is through a magical tool known as a smartphone. Pull it out and pretend to check your email and it's like everything is totally fine and the atmosphere inside the box of humans is completely relaxed. Try this trick next time you're in a lift.

3. If I ever see a Facebook friend walking down the street

Yes, we spoke in a bar once, and I know your name. In fact, I know where you went to school, who you're dating, what you had for dinner last night, and why you're upset over the last episode of Game of Thrones. Fortunately, by producing my smartphone from my pocket a moment before you see me, I don't have to have an awkward conversation with you. Just keep tapping the screen – a few more steps – and breath.

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By opening up Messenger, you can avoid talking to people you're friends with on Facebook. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. When I need to leave a shop without talking to sales assistants

If you enter a shop, only to realize that it's somehow the wrong shop, or everything is way too expensive, before any sales assistants descend upon you, let loose your phone from your pocket. This way, instead of having to pretend you didn't hear them, or fumbling for excuses, or, worst of all, pretending that you weren't just about to leave, you can appear as though something very important is happening somewhere and you have to leave in order to address said important thing.

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If you can, it's better just to do all your shopping on your smartphone and never leave the house. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. When waiting for someone in a public space

Standing in a public space doing nothing is practically the strangest thing anyone can do. To show people you're not insane, you can use a smartphone. By doing things on your smartphone, you make it clear to those nearby that not only are you a normal person with a phone but you also have things to do that aren't standing doing nothing in a public space.

For bonus points, when the person you're waiting for finally arrives, make them wait a couple of moments while you pretend to finish up something really important on your smartphone before secreting it into your pocket and cordially greeting them in a relaxed fashion.

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There's nothing strange about someone laughing into a smartphone. / © ANDROIDPIT

When do you use your phone to avoid social interaction? Let me know in the comments.


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  • Dean L. 5 months ago Link to comment

    Well I have done a few of these to. Sometimes I'm trying to avoid a person who is long winded, you know the one, who doesn't know how to end a conversation and just keeps moving from one topic to the next seemingly without taking a breath. LoL. An entertaining read.

  • isnt this berlin?

  • You're kinda weird.. I do get some of 'em though 😎

  • Warren JB 5 months ago Link to comment

    I realise this is tongue-in-cheek, and I don't mean this seriously (look! I'm using a smiley and everything -> :) ) but the word that springs to mind is 'therapy'.

    Not that I can't relate, though.

    Oh, and thanks for reminding me why I still avoid facebook.

  • Believe it or not, I've literally done it all! I can totally relate to this post!

  • Mark 5 months ago Link to comment

    My favorite, if you get pressured into going to an event you really don't want be there. Set an alarm fake a call, pretend you got a urgent problem some where. Then you can leave and save face and not hurt some ones feelings.

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I Dont have any particular situation to use my phone I use it all the time!!

    • I agree. And when WhatsApp is beeping when I think it's disturbing somehow, turn off WiFi and data and read it later.
      My phone does not boss me :-)

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