Our phones have slowly become our BEST FRIENDS . . . so gradually, we hardly noticed. 

A new survey shows people are relying on their phones to do the same things they used to get from actual human beings.

35% of people say they sometimes bury themselves in their phone to avoid having to TALK to someone.

33% use their phones to LOOK BUSY and NOT LONELY when they're alone at a restaurant or bar.

And 41% have used their phones to research something quickly so they can join in a conversation and look smart. (PR Newswire)