As cell phone conversations have permeated public space, so have fake cell phone conversations. I just read an interesting article about this in the Oakland Tribute. In one survey done by a professor at his school, more than _ of this students have fake conversations for various reasons. Some stage calls to avoid contact - neighbors, co-workers, supervisor, panhandlers, Girl scouts selling cookies, ect… Some to impress those aroud them Some men do it to check out women Some men do it to take pictures of women Some men do it to get women , waiting just the right moment to approach them without looking like a dork just standing there. Women converse to avert unwanted approaches by men Some people do it to look popular or less loner as they walk about A salesman admitted that he pretends to be on the phone when a potential problem customer comes in and a lawyer finishing up a conference call as she walks in late to her office. Some people even program their phone to call them. Then the article finishes off with expert cell phonies giving tips on how to do it right . Cell phone is indeed a powerful antisocial tool. Ironic. I got to admit. I hate seeing people walking around and driving while using their cell phones. I walked by a restaurant today where 6 young men came out of a restaurant and immediately, 4 of them pull out their cell phones. I had to look up at the sky to make sure that the sky is not falling . Then I had to force myself through them while they became mindless cell phone dorks blocking the walkway.