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Applications for cell phones serve many purposes. Now, apps can help a user avoid an unwanted conversation, or get out of a bad date. A survey by the Pew research group found that 13 percent of cell phone users reported deflecting awkward conversations by faking phone calls. A new app called, Fake-a call, will do that for those people. The description for the app says, “Get out of bad dates, impress your friends, and prank your enemies.” The program will ring the phone at a preset time or at intervals giving the user an excuse to pick up an important incoming call.

Researcher and sociologist Emerson Smith from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine said this type of avoidance behavior may further deteriorate face –to face communication skills. Smith believes cell phones and attached earphones send a signal that says, “Don’t bother me.” He said these kinds of applications are part of a growing trend of social media and mobile phones, which allow people to reach distant relatives and friends, but prevent us from dealing with “a lot of the really complex situations that take place in face-to-face interactions.”

--Cell phone users admit faking calls to avoid awkward interactions,http://www.akronnewsnow.com/lifestyle/item/1256-cell-phone-users-admit-faking-calls-to-avoid-awkward-interactions; August 16, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Ephesians 5:19 (ESV) addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

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