Public Displays of Technology

Public Displays of Technology

Couple on phones. Credit: Flickr user Ed Yourdon. Some rights reserved.

Tuesday, the Computer Guys are here (sans gal for this show), and one of the topics they're taking on this month is "public displays of technology," which we could alternatively refer to as technology etiquette.

A new survey by Intel found that 75% of U.S. adults believe that manners surrounding the use of technology ("mobile manners") are worse than they were just one year ago. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed said they wished people practiced better etiquette when using their mobile devices in public. But, interestingly, nearly one in five of the same respondents (19%) said they themselves have engaged in "poor mobile behavior" and that they continue to do it because others around them also do it.

Couple on phones. Credit: Flickr user Ed Yourdon. Some rights reserved.

Tuesday, the Computer Guys are here (sans gal for this show), and one of the topics they're taking on this month is "public displays of technology," which we could alternatively refer to as technology etiquette.

A new survey by Intel found that 75% of U.S. adults believe that manners surrounding the use of technology ("mobile manners") are worse than they were just one year ago. Ninety-two percent of those surveyed said they wished people practiced better etiquette when using their mobile devices in public. But, interestingly, nearly one in five of the same respondents (19%) said they themselves have engaged in "poor mobile behavior" and that they continue to do it because others around them also do it.

So, in a nutshell, nearly one-fifth of respondents use the classic adolescent "but everyone else is doing it" excuse to justify their poor mobile behavior - or, as some parents have been known to refer to it, "the lemming defense."

Which would lead us to ask, somewhat parentally ourselves, "If everyone else threw their Smartphone off a bridge, would you do the same?"

What "mobile manners," or lack thereof, do you find the most irritating in your friends, family, or colleagues? What rules do you try to stick to yourself?

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