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New study covers the dos and don'ts of smartphone etiquette

0. phoneArena 22 Nov 2013, 13:30 posted on

Cell phones have been around long enough to have a basic set of rules around them as far as when and where it is socially acceptable to take a call, but smartphones and all of the added functionality that comes with a more powerful device are still having new rules established. Well, a new study by the University of Essex is checking on what people would and wouldn't do with their smartphones...

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posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:43

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5615; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not so sure about not e-mailing during a meeting. Business meetings see e-mailing all the time. That was the original raison de etre for the BlackBerry. Texting during meetings is a similar way to reach out to co-workers if they aren't in the meeting.

Social setting may be different. Although if the other parties in the social meeting are included (as in texting Sam/Sarah to have them join the party), I don't see a problem.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:52

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5615; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Edit time ran out. I was recently at a dinner party and one of the guests was late. Texting was a non-intrusive way to find out that the missing guest was on a bus and they were a few blocks away. Everyone else just had another glass of wine and waited for the missing guest to arrive before placing the food orders.

OTOH, texting/e-mailing as a means of blowing off the meeting is quite obnoxious.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:51 2

2. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I only take calls when I'm with others when I know its important or when I'm with my close friends. That is because we hang out casually.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 19:52

4. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


No one listens to the classroom one lol (except for college i guess i wouldn't know im in hs)

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 20:19

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


it seemed like it depended on the teachers for our college. as long as it was urgent/important, we would usually be allowed to put our phones on vibrate and take it out of class to answer.

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