Not only do we think other people’s mobile manners are worsening, we’re realising we’re getting worse ourselves too. At least this is what a study by technology giant Intel found, having spoken to 2,000 people about the matter.
75% of respondents thought mobile phone etiquette has got worse in the past year, while 20% admitted to being guilty of the crime themselves.
Texting or typing while driving, sending emails while walking, or using mobile devices while on a honeymoon were cited among the worst offenses. Other crimes include texting at dinner or speaking loudly on the phone while on public transport. 65% admitting they got angry at people who displayed poor mobile manners.
“New digital technologies are becoming a mainstay in consumers’ lives, but we haven’t yet worked out for ourselves, our families, communities and societies what all the right kinds of behaviours and expectations will be,” said Genevieve Bell of Intel Labs.
How about you – what do you think is the worst mobile offense? And does that stop you from doing it yourself?