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A dodgy survey of surveys by online pawnbrokers CashGenerator.co.uk has compiled a list of bad phone habits that are stopping the world's smartphone owners sleeping, socialising and having sex. It's a sorry picture. The standout finding is that one in six of us would interrupt sex to leap out of bed and answer the phone, 83 …
There is not a red flag huge enough for the selection bias in this study. To reformulate: "One in six people __who are likely to take dodgy surveys__ interrupt bonking blah blah blah"; not a very representative sample IMNSHO.
However, I'll bet this will be hawked as an infallible scientific study in the papers tomorrow.
I understand all the other points, but seriously, what is wrong with using your mobile on a toilet?
People were reading papers on the crapper for ages, reading or playing on your mobile is no different.
Furthermore, if you know how to use the "mute" key properly, actual phoning is fine in my option. If the callee cannot tell, what is wrong with it?
Otherwise, my mobile switches itself on/off according to a preset schedule. So no one will interrupt me in bed, sleeping or not.
Which is why ever sensible husband conditions the wife so she doesn't expect it to be answered every time, even if you are free. At least once a day her call should be ignored, otherwise she'll immediately jump to the conclusion you're a) in an accident, or b) in another woman.
Jeez you people are amateurs.
I seem to recall, in "Love Actually", that Nice Young Lady from a charity office about to get it off with a Nice Young Chap from the same office when her disabled brother phoned her up and she answered to sympathise with him, so NYC got dressed and went home.
("Love Actually"?!! - Guilty knowledge, I confess)
But then I sometimes even choose to go for a walk and leave the phone behind! Also once I'm home for the evening, unless I'm actually expecting a call I at least turn off the ringer. Then again I value my down-time and refuse to subscribe to the idea that it's good to be "always on".
As a general observation, this makes me some kind of outlier, a weirdo, judging by the number of people I've seen just at restaurants who are more interested in their phone than they are in their food or dining companion(s).
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These results really aren't that shocking when one considers that the mobile phone has replaced the home phone for many people. I don't have a home phone. So of course I never turn off my phone - I wouldn't unplug my home phone if I had one, and no one would expect me to. Of course I keep my phone next to my bed at night - my parents had a home phone sitting on the nightstand too, in case of emergencies. Of course I would give up alcohol rather than my phone - it's the only way people can get ahold of me without driving to my house. If I did all of these things with a regular home phone, no one would accuse me of being addicted.
Also, "Use your phone instead of the TV" - because being addicted to your phone is somehow worse than being addicted to TV? At least the phone can let you talk to other people.
Don't understand the need to keep a phone on at night - at least one of my phones is timed to switch 'on' at 08:00 and off at 20:30 - if clients need me after that, there's voicemail. It will ring at 07:30 as an alarm without being 'on' as far as calls and texts are concerned... my sister gets miffed if she gets e-mail at 03:00 or 04:00 from some mailing list as her damn phone ((iPhone user) bleeps...
As for those who use Twitter or Facebook before getting out of bed, I'd put some money on it they're mostly female ( BICBW !) ... and if some interrupt sex to answer the phone, then that's good, as it suggests there will be fewer 'slaves to the phone' in the future as the current 'slaves' might not achieve conception so often!
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