January 6, 2009 / 6:44 AM / 10 years ago

On a post-festive detox? Purge your mobile phone too

Large snowflakes fall as people walk up Lexington Avenue in New York December 16, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - On a post-holiday diet or detox? Your phone probably needs a seasonal purge too, with an Australian survey showing the majority of mobile phone users collect numbers of people they don’t really know, usually when tipsy.

The online poll, commissioned by Virgin Mobile, showed 86 percent of Australians aged between 18-34 had keyed in phone numbers of people they had met briefly, with one in two admitting that happened while they were under the influence of alcohol.

The survey also showed that many of these “rogue” numbers, or numbers of people you don’t really know or don’t remember meeting, are collected during work-related events or parties.

“We detox every other part of our life, why not extend this to your phone,” said Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Amber Morris.

Three out of five people working-full time said they collect rogue numbers when out having a few drinks, the poll of nearly 700 people showed.

The survey also found that 55 percent of males compared to 47 percent females are more likely to collect numbers when at a work function or meeting, sometimes out of politeness.

Reporting by Pauline Askin, Editing by Miral Fahmy

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