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

New study covers the dos and don'ts of smartphone etiquette
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 eBay Deals is checking on what people would and wouldn't do with their smartphones.

The study only polled 100 people, so it's hard to say how much can be taken from it, but it did have some interesting findings. It turns out that 37% of people think it is worse to ignore a call than to take that call and ignore friends that you are with in person. Almost all forms of phone use are widely disapproved of when in a classroom, although in a work setting the feelings were mixed on certain actions like taking personal calls. And unsurprisingly, in situations where you should be alert - in a car or while crossing the street - most people disapproved of texting. 

Of course, there was also a split in opinions on various actions based on the age of the respondents. For example, 50% of millennials think it is fine to text during a meal, but only 15% of those over 30 years old believe it is acceptable. 

What do you all think? Any surprises in the study?

source: eBay Deals via Mashable



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

4. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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

5. GeekMovement unregistered

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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