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July 11, 2011

Mobile phone use in public grows despite being hated

Users rate their own manners fair, but say others are bad at it, finds survey

By CBR Staff Writer

Use of mobile phones across the world is growing even though people find the habit irritating, a study by semiconductor company Intel found.

The Telegraph reported that Europeans including Britons, the Italians and the French say that mobile phones should not be used at the dinner table.

Intel’s survey included 12,000 respondents across the world.

The study found that 67% of European respondents said that it is annoying to see people talking too loudly on their phones in public spaces. Nearly 40% of those surveyed said they were guilty of texting in front on others

However, the number of people using mobile phones in public is growing found the study.

Intel Fellow and Director of Interaction and Experience Research at Intel Labs Dr Genevieve Bell told The Telegraph that markets that users rated their own mobile manners from ‘fair to good’, but they "routinely rated other people’s use as appallingly bad".

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"Smartphones are no longer just devices for making calls," said Dr Bell.

"They are implicated in almost everything we do. We are still working out the right social rules; from texting your friends while on a date to Tweeting during your own wedding, societies and cultures haven’t quite sorted out how the devices will find a comfortable place in our lives.

"But it’s clear that some things will remain anti-social for generations to come."

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