Ok—I need to vent! It really bugs me when people in a restaurant think I need to hear every word said when they’re talking on the cell phone. Why do some people, especially in a public place, think they have to talk louder so the person on the other end can hear? Please!
According to a recent “mobile etiquette” survey commissioned by Intel:
- U.S. adults see an average of five mobile “offenses,” including the use of mobile devices while driving or talking loudly on a mobile phone in public every day.
- Among the respondents who reported seeing offenses, 56% saw car drivers using mobile devices, 48% saw people using one in a restroom and 32% saw them used in movie theaters
- Top pet peeves include talking while driving and talking in a loud voice in public places
- 74% of survey participants believe that poor mobile manners have created a new type of rage (like road rage but directed at technology users)
- 65% say they become angry or outraged when they see these offenses . . . YET
- 20% say they continue to misuse technology because “everyone else is doing it.”
What could we do to affect a small dose of change? What could you and I do to bring some measure of “civility” to our daily lives? Could we stop talking while standing in the grocery checkout line or when we’re at a restaurant?
Ok, I feel better now!
What one thing really bugs you?