74% of Americans say poor mobile etiquette has created a new form of public anger, unto the point of violence, much like road rage.
People are losing patience with mobile-gadget users talking and pecking away, oblivious to those around them, whether they’re driving a car, watching a movie or even using a public restroom. A survey from Intel Corporation says a majority Americans feel anger, and even violent emotions resembling Road Rage, at their device-obsessed peers. Yet the Pew Internet and American Life project reveals that only 9% of American adults do not own a device covered by the Intel survey. These small machines are both ubiquitous and addictive – no wonder a backlash is building. Genevieve Bell, Intel Fellow and head of interaction and experience research at Intel Labs, says that as mobile units pervade daily life, “Our appropriate digital technology behaviors are still embryonic." In other words folks, mobile courtesy will take hold as an evolution, not a revolution. Ipsos, a market-research company, conducted the survey, for which an estimated 2,000 U.S. adults took part in the research. For more about the findings, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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