Microsoft survey reveals trends in mobile phone manners and safety

With more and more people using smartphones, there's an increasing need to practice mobile phone safety, along with observing the etiquette of when it's appropriate to use one's phone. (Note: NOT when you're at a funeral.) In a new online survey commissioned by Microsoft, the biggest pet peeves people have surrounding mobile phone use are revealed, along with trends in how men and women deal with smartphone safety differently.

Microsoft's press release reveals, based on a survey of over 10,000 people around the world, that the biggest pet peeve in mobile phone use is when people constantly keep checking their smartphone. Other major mobile phone issues are when people just talk too loud, not silencing their phones at the appropriate time, and using a phone while also engaging in a face-to-face conversation with someone.

In terms of smartphone safety trends, the survey found that 35 percent of men use a PIN or password to lock their device versus 33 percent of women, while 32 percent of men keep the software of their smartphone up to date compared to just 24 percent of women. On the other hand, 40 percent of women take extra steps to protect their online information compared to 37 percent of men, and 34 percent of women tend to be more selective in what messages to text versus 32 percent of men.

Microsoft offers up some common sense advice for smartphone owners, including locking the device with a unique PIN or password, not sharing too much information about your life online and conducting any financial transactions on a secure network rather than on an open WiFi hotspot.

Source: Microsoft

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