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
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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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