Mobile etiquette is getting worse according to a new survey by Intel in which 75 percent of those surveyed that mobile manners are worse than even just one year ago.
Whether it is texting while driving, sending emails while walking or using mobile devices while on honeymoon, the growing number of mobile devices is contributing to more ‘public displays of technology’, according to the survey.
91 percent of US adults say they have seen people misuse mobile technology and roughly one in five adults (19 percent) admits to poor mobile behavior but continues the behavior because everyone else is doing it. A further one in five admits to checking their mobile devices before they get out of bed in the morning.
Intel commissioned the survey to get a glimpse into how people use, will use or would like to use technology, including mobile devices, in the future.
Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow and head of interaction and experience research, Intel Labs, said: “We use this research and our understandings about what people care about to help make technology even better – to drive innovation and revolution in technology development. It is important to remember that most digital technology is still quite new to consumers.
“Smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are really still in their infancy, so it’s no surprise that people still struggle with how to best integrate these devices into their lives.”
“Our appropriate digital technology behaviors are still embryonic, and it’s important [that we] 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.”
The top mobile etiquette gripes continue to be the use of mobile devices while driving (73 percent), talking on a device loudly in public places (65 percent), and using a mobile device while walking on the street (28 percent).
Author and etiquette expert Anna Post of The Emily Post Institute gave these tips on how to use mobile devices considerately on a daily basis.
Practice what you preach: If you don’t like others’ bad behavior, don’t engage in it.
Be present: Give your full attention to those you are with, such as when in a meeting or on a date. No matter how well you think you multi-task, you’ll make a better impression.
The small moments matter. Before making a call, texting or emailing in public, consider if your actions will impact others. If they will, reconsider, wait or move away first.
Talk with your family, friends and colleagues about ground rules for mobile device usage during personal time.
Some places should stay private: Don’t use a mobile device while using a restroom.