Mobile etiquette seen getting worse, not better

By Reuters
Friday, February 25, 2011 16:04 EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Whether is it texting during dinner, talking on a cellphone in a public restroom or using a laptop while driving, most people think mobile etiquette is getting worse, not better.

Ninety one percent of U.S. adults questioned in a new poll by computer innovation company Intel said they have seen people misuse technology, and three quarters think mobile manners have decreased in the past year.

“New digital technologies are becoming a mainstay in consumers’ lives, but we haven’t worked out for ourselves, our families, communities and societies what all the right kinds of behaviors and expectations will be,” said Genevieve Bell, the head of interaction and experience research at Intel.

The poll of 2,000 adults revealed that most U.S. adults wished people practiced better mobile etiquette and found the lack of cellphone manners extremely annoying, even though about 20 percent admitted to poor etiquette themselves.

Nearly 75 percent said the lack of mobile manners has created a new form of public rage and 65 percent admitted they became angry around people who misused mobile devices.

The most annoying behaviors were the use of mobile devices during driving, followed by talking on a cellphone loudly in a public place and walking in the street while texting or talking on the phone.

People reported seeing, on average five mobile offenses every day, according to the poll. Nearly a quarter said they had even seen someone using a laptop while driving, and one in five said they checked their mobile devices before getting out of bed in the morning.

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  • Anonymous

    The thing that pisses me off is I live in SW Washington and we passed a law requiring hands free cellular while driving and Oregon passed the same law after we did. Well I’ve been on the road in both OR and WA in the last 2 days and 3 different times I was almost run into by some a$$holes talking on the God damned phone. Once in Portland we drove right passed a city of Portland cop.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KXMM5MVAYZHUSPNY3W7Y57F2QI Laszlo

    The other day I was walking into a store having a heck of time dodging a guy who was texting away. I’d step one way and he’d go that way and we finally danced around each other. Fine, that happens. But he never looked up from his phone. I was a mere blob in his peripheral vision; the phone was all that mattered.

    And to echo @bobmoon, I got stuck behind two trucks the other day, and the one in the passing lane simply would not go around the other. When another lane finally opened up and I got around, sure enough, the guy was on the phone. These oblivious morons are as bad as drunks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Once while waiting in a long checkout line at a big box store I saw a guys phone snatched from his grasp, snapped in half and handed back to him. Not one person in line objected, there were even a few smiles.

  • Anonymous

    I got rid of my cell phone last year and only use Skype now. Its freaking awesome. I never get any phone calls. I never have my thoughts interrupted by some non-emergency emergency and have taken myself out of the loop. If someone wants to get a hold of me they have to email me or no where I am and call me. The only people who know how to get ahold of me is my wife and best friends. Everyone else – too bad. I don’t want to talk to you. C-YA!

  • Guest

    ridin’ qwerty.

  • http://twitter.com/Rteefact Rteefact

    I’ve asked people who insist on having the most personal conversations why I have to listen….they just don’t get it. I often wonder just how we ever got along w/o cell phones before. I always tell my friends when they ask why I don’t have one..that nothing is that important that it can’t wait until I’m home near a land line.

  • http://lw-christian.blogspot.com/ SongBookz

    What’s a landline?

  • enorceht

    try this for laughs … if you want to get “dirty” looks from people on public transportion when someone is talking loudly on the phone start giving them answers or join in on the conversation, that usually good for a laugh, while they are giving you the dirty looks.

    i do have a pay as you go cell phone that i take along while i’m out (although i do have a land line at home) and i use it for checking bus arrivals and mostly in case of an emergency, because most pay phones have been removed or the lack of change needed to use the phone.

  • enorceht

    i ride public transportation and it’s amazing to me to see someone sending text on their phone, while adjusting their mp3/ipod, and then pull out another e-gadget and start playing with that, they must have close to (if not more) $1000 worth of e-gadgets that they carry around

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    What’s wrong with calling Mom from a restaurant dining room to tell her about the pimple on your ass? An ass pimple is simply too important to ignore. Other people should understand that. Pardon me while I update my status on Facebook…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    I refuse to suck up to the cell-phone hype. I did fine for the 30 years before they came into fad.I did just fine. If it’s that important, yes they can call me at home. When I am away, I don’t want to be yakking with someone. While riding my bike or kayaking or sailing, I don’t want to be interrupted by some dumb phone call. It annoys me when these fools are talking on the phone while riding their bike or worse yet, driving. It looks goofy. It’s deadly. Besides most cel companies are corporates out to destroy the middle class, destroy the ‘net or tap into your private business, AKA: ATT, Verison. Metro pc etc. Americans are fueling the very corporations out to crush them. And data is showing they kill your brain.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    A communications system that doesn’t cut out on you in mid conversation, is not going to be conducive to you killing someone while you’re driving and talking and is being shown as not controllable for net communication as proven in Egypt. People who had land connections to the net were still able to communicate when the wireless net systems were being shut down.