Cell phone etiquette is heading on a downward spiral according to a new survey. The study, which was conducted by the Intel Corporation, says that cell phone etiquette is deteriorating rapidly even in comparison to just one year ago, with seventy five percent claiming things are getting worse.
“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 behaviors and expectations will be,” believes the head of interaction and experience research at Intel Labs, Genevieve Bell. “Our appropriate digital technology behaviors are still embryonic, and it’s important for Intel and the entire industry to maintain a dialogue about the way people use technology and our personal relationships with technology as they continue to help shape societal and cultural norms.”
Of those surveyed, a staggering ninety two percent of people believed that those around them were lacking in cell phone etiquette, with most people seeing no less than five cell phone faux pas’ committed on a daily basis. The biggest cause of offence – at seventy three percent – is people using a cell phone while driving, with the second place offender at sixty five percent being talking very loudly on a cell phone while in a public area, and the third most irritating cell phone faux pas, registering twenty eight percent, is people talking on a cell phone while walking at the same time. It seems that cell phone etiquette still has a long way to go.