Bad mobile etiquette still irksome, but public becoming more tolerant
Monday 18 July 2011
Loud-talking mobile users, people who believe laptops are pretty good lunchtime conversationalists at the restaurant table and unrelenting texters abound.
Whether it's texting after (or during) sex, checking your social networking sites too often or tweeting from the altar, bad mobile habits are on display everywhere. A new study suggests that while this type of behavior is on the rise, so too is people's tolerance of technology use in public.
Despite this newfound tolerance for the digital device in the public eye, "those surveyed said they would rather you picked your nose than used your mobile in front of them," said Redshift Research which conducted the survey on behalf of Intel Corp. UK.
"Unsurprisingly, we are still working out the right social rules; from texting your friends while on a date to Tweeting during your own wedding, societies and cultures haven’t quite sorted out how the devices will find a comfortable place in our lives. While inappropriate mobile use is certainly an invasion of privacy, we can’t deny the reliance on these devices, and the positive impact they have on our lives," commented Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow and director of Interaction and Experience Research, Intel Labs.
Talking too loudly on your phone in a public place is the number one mobile pet peeve according to Europeans, who deemed only smoking and swearing "as less appropriate for public situations."
British respondents consider using your gadgets at the dinner table the rudest mobile etiquette mistake you can make.
The survey was conducted in May 2011 with a total of 12,761 people from the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Romania, the Netherlands, South Africa, Czech, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, Saudi, UAE, and Egypt.
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