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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I did not expect that just one third of users have a pin enabled; with more and more information stored on these devices it should be an obvious thing to do. I use a pin both for the phone and the SIM.

People in line in a store, yapping away on the phone, while the poor clerk at the register is trying to do his/her job, movie theaters, RESTAURANTS, and forgetting to look at the traffic light to see if it turned green while you were texting away, and causing me to miss a SHORT left turn arrow!

With two generations, going on a third, with no or minimal manners being taught by their parents, it comes as no surprise that people are just getting ruder and ruder, with no concept of the "rights of others."

Loud talkers are the WORSE! I got no problem with people talking on their phone, even in places like a restaurant or something but at least you don't need to yell into your phone. The phone has noise reduction so you don't need to yell over the background noise for the preson on the other side to hear!

The other thing I hate is people who hold their phones like a walkie-talkie in front of their face then back to their ear then to their face to speak again. I'm like WTF! It's the most retarded thing ever!

How long before our phones are able to reason about its current context and environment. Some local data is available to enable mobile user centered designs, calendars, camera, sensors, etc. We need big data, more local transmitting sensors and apis from essential services and utilities, great mobile context intelligence requires it. Some big problems are privacy and power consumption...

So women are more worried about personal safety via information sent (texts included) while men are more worried about people accessing said information. Something tells me the two are somehow correlated...

pcweber111 said,
So women are more worried about personal safety via information sent (texts included) while men are more worried about people accessing said information. Something tells me the two are somehow correlated...

HAHAHA!

True story. It bothers me when i try to make conversation and they talk back but always with their eyes on the phone.

It won't be long before the movie theaters will block the cell networks except the 911 network which allows you to call 911 in case of emergency.

Some people get the phone up and check the time then put it down. Annoying.

Was at my nieces high school graduation a couple weeks ago. So tool had their phone on and it went off. I always remember to turn off my phone at public events.

shozilla said,
It won't be long before the movie theaters will block the cell networks except the 911 network which allows you to call 911 in case of emergency.

Some people get the phone up and check the time then put it down. Annoying.

I don't think movie theaters are going to do that - block cell reception. It really is upto individuals.

techbeck said,
Was at my nieces high school graduation a couple weeks ago. So tool had their phone on and it went off. I always remember to turn off my phone at public events.

Oh I hate that... I was at a business seminar a couple of weeks ago and one guy had his phone ring THREE TIMES during the seminar. He would look at it, ignore the call, but not silence it... Infuriating!

It annoys me even more that people immediately get on their phone and start having loud conversations THE MINUTE the plane's wheels hit the tarmac.