86% of survey participants say “constantly glancing” at a device is the most offensive phone-related behavior by a date.
We all know (or should know) that certain mobile phone behaviors are considered obnoxious. But did you realize these faux pas can crush your love life? While certain instances of phone usage may be inevitable—or even desirable—during a date, many lapses of etiquette are major turn-offs, according to a recent survey from Zoosk, a social-dating site. Hint: If you spend more time staring at your phone screen than gazing into your date’s eyes, you could be in trouble. In many cases, survey respondents say they’ll walk out on a date if the phone behavior is too intrusive. Unfortunately, too many single folks are clueless about how offensive such displays can be. “The unwritten rules of mobile-phone use are clearly being abused," says Alex Mehr, co-founder and co-CEO of Zoosk. "It's our hope that singles follow proper cell phone etiquette.” Oh, another thing guys: Ditch the headset and phone-belt clip before the date, OK? It is so not sexy. More than 3,240 single people took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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