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Using phone 'not as rude as puffing in smoke-free zone'

NUS don polls mobile device users as more people get glued to gadgets

Published on Jan 2, 2014 6:36 AM
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People using their smartphones while on the train. The study on mobile device usage involved over 235 students who were questioned on their use of smartphones, tablets and other devices by a team led by Prof Vivien Lim. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Blocking a passageway or exit while using a smartphone is considered ruder than littering or being late, a survey of undergraduates has found.

On average, respondents rated the social faux pas as between "somewhat rude" and "extremely rude". It is also seen as worse than talking loudly on a smartphone.

However, it is not as rude as smoking in a smoke-free zone or refusing to give up a reserved seat to someone who needs it.

More than 235 students were questioned on their use of smartphones, tablets and other devices by a team led by Associate Professor Vivien Lim from the National University of Singapore's Business School's Department of Management and Organisation.

 
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STAYING DISCONNECTED

The constant use of ICT devices not only affects sleep and well-being, it also alienates users from their family and friends, preventing them from connecting at a deeper level with those around them.

- Associate Professor Vivien Lim on the effects of constant smartphone usage