Do you care about people around you when you are talking on your mobile phone? Is it appropriate to talk on the mobile while in public areas such as restaurants, movies, transport? Do you feel rage when someone around you talk loudly on the mobile?
To these and similar questions I tried to find answers in the “Mobile Etiquette” study, conducted within the United States by Ipsos on behalf of Intel. Statistics from the survey point to people’s desire for increased awareness of mobile etiquette. Which only proves the fact that each and everyone of us should know basic rules of etiquette in order to be polite, safe and not to stir rage in people around us.
Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults admit that they are becoming angry around people misusing their mobile devices inappropriately and seventy-four percent believe that poor mobile etiquette has created a new form of public rage.
According to the study 92% U.S. adults (more than nine out of 10 respondents), wish that people practiced better mobile etiquette when it comes to using their devices in public areas.
People mostly complain and hate when others use their mobile devices while driving (73%), talk on a mobile loudly in public places (65%) and use mobiles while walking on the street (28%). This leads to the point where U.S. adults see an average of five mobile offenses every single day.
These were just some of the most interesting points I selected from the “Mobile Etiquette” study. The main conclusion for me is that mobile phone is a part of our everyday life. I can’t even imagine my life without mobile phone for a week and so does the majority of U.S. adults (76%). And as mobile phone is a part of us and our life, let’s just be more conscious about how we use it and how it effects people around us.
And if we start practicing good mobile etiquette, then we will give good example for others to do the same. It is sad to admit, but most people just follow the lead and don’t want to do something of their own. As the study shows, 19% which is one in five U.S. adults admit that they have poor mobile behavior, but continue to do so, because everyone else is doing it.
Let’s just not do what everyone else is doing. Let’s start practicing proper mobile etiquette today!
Here on etiquette-tips.com we will be covering mobile etiquette in the nearest future, so stay tuned.