According to this infographic, I’m a cellular jerk. Are you? The weird thing is, I know I get annoyed with stupid people, but overall, I thought I was a relatively nice person. After reading this, apparently I’m not. Have you ever held up the line at the supermarket because you were trying to send a tweet? Do you send texts or play smartphone games while you are in the bathroom? Do you check your phone while at dinner with friends? Do you text while driving? Do you text during sex? Do you text “under the table” or while having a face to face conversation with someone?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a cellular jerk too. I have not only tweeted while in the bathroom, I’ve dropped a phone in the bathtub (yeah, while it had water in it). It’s no big surprise that phone etiquette has deteriorated tremendously over the past few years. After all, we don’t just love our smartphones, we are actually addicted to our technology. I see more and more signs at restaurants and retailers that read, “No using smartphones while at the register,” and I even see people on their phones while ordering at the drive-thru a lot.
This fresh infographic created by OnlineCollege.org called Cellular Jerks: Where Are Your Mobile Manners? provides some pretty insane stats about how we use our phones. The funniest thing on here to me is that the average person talks at least 3 times louder on the phone than they do when talking to someone in person. What’s up with that? I’ve often heard someone screaming on their phone in a store and thought, “STFU, will ya?” It will be interesting to see how this progresses in the future. I wonder if eventually most public places won’t allow smartphone use, or if we will all just get used to our own rudeness. I suppose only time will tell. One thing is for sure, I don’t think our addiction to our phones is going to end any time soon! You can read more about this in an article Richard wrote a year ago about phone etiquette.
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