Mobile etiquette on the decline

Mobile etiquette on the decline

We're unapologetic about the fact that we love our high-powered smartphones and all the clever features and functions tucked away inside their slender frames.

But as our insatiable love for our wonder-phones gets stronger, it seems our levels of consideration for those around us are eroding, with most people surveyed in a new poll claiming mobile etiquette is getting worse all the time.

According to the Intel survey, around 91% of the 2,000 people interviewed in the US recently said they had witnessed people misusing technology, while three out of four said they believed mobile manners had deteriorated over the past year.

Tellingly, though, when asked whether they themselves were bad mannered with their blowers, just 20% fessed up – meaning most inconsiderate phone users aren't even aware that they're annoying those around them.

And annoying is the right word. Two out of three of those surveyed said they had become angry around someone misusing their mobile, with the worst culprits being talking on the phone while driving, talking loudly on the phone in a public place, and talking or texting while walking in the street.

Alarmingly, nearly one in four even claimed to have seen someone using a laptop while driving.

Via Reuters

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emmajk42 / MOD  Feb. 28, 2011 at 09:04

People on their phones while driving really bugs me. It's probably the fact that they are putting other lives in danger - when you're in a car, you're not just responsible for yourself, you're responsbile for the safety of other road users around you too.

And laptops while driving - ? !

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2011 at 21:09

Dito that, emmajk!!!
Using the phone while driving should be treated as a DUI!!!
I used to work in retail - whenever customers answered their phones when it was their turn to pay, I'd take out my phone too, and deal with the next customer instead. I was very popular LOL


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