Cell phone users have never been particularly well behaved. We have always talked on crowded trains and texted while we ate and generally treated the entire world like it was our living room. But things are getting worse. According to a new poll sponsored by Intel, 90 percent of us think our fellow Americans "misuse" technology, and about 75 percent of us think that our cell phone manners have declined over the past year.
The poll, which was conducted by the folks over at Ipsos, was conducted over a couple weeks in December and January; 2,000 Americans were surveyed in all. Among the pet peeves cited by respondents were "texting or typing while driving," "sending emails while walking," and "using mobile devices while on a honeymoon." (We are very curious how many respondents cited that very specific last instance of bad cell phone etiquette.)
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"New digital technologies are becoming a mainstay in consumers' lives, but we haven't worked out for ourselves, our families, communities and societies what all the right kinds of behaviours and expectations will be," Intel rep Genevieve Bell told Reuters today. In other words, we have the technology to build the iPad – and even, probably, the iPad 2! – but we do not have the skills to use that iPad in a socially-acceptable way.
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