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Northern Ireland’s worst mobile phone habits revealed

In conjunction with OnePoll, Carphone surveyed the mobile habits of 2000 smartphone users in the UK to find out what habits annoy us most

In conjunction with OnePoll, Carphone surveyed the mobile habits of 2000 smartphone users in the UK to find out what habits annoy us most – and which habits we’re guilty of ourselves – in a bid to bring back good old-fashioned phone etiquette.

Loud phone conversations are the nation’s worst mobile phone habit, with almost half of us (46%) expressing this as an annoyance. Texting while walking and not looking up closely followed, and then using your phone while someone is having a conversation with you came in third place.

We might judge others on their mobile bad manners, but 7 out of 10 (69%) smartphone users admit to at least one bad habit themselves. While two out of five adults are annoyed by people texting while walking and not looking up, 1 in 10 are guilty of it. Rarely answering the phone annoys a third of us, but 1 in 5 are guilty of not picking up the phone.

Phone habits also vary when looking at regions across the country. In Scotland, taking too many selfies reigns supreme, whilst keeping your key tones on annoys people in Wales the most. Oversharing and drunk dialling/messaging in Northern Ireland is the biggest annoyance, and in London playing loud music through your phone in public is the capital’s most prominent pet peeve. In the East Midlands, putting calls on loudspeaker is regarded as the most annoying.

In the workplace, smartphone users admit to checking their phone during work a staggering nine times a day, and over half of us make or take at least one personal call a week while we should be working. Despite being in the office environment, this doesn’t stop 65% of employees sending at least one text whilst they should be working – and just under half of us browse social media not for work purposes.

Smartphones also influence the way we interact in our personal relationships and our home life. Over half (56%) of smartphone users in Northern Ireland get annoyed when someone texts/looks at their phone while they’re having a conversation.

The UK’s top ten worst mobile phone habits

1. Loud phone conversations (46%)
2. Texting while walking and not looking up (41%)
3. Texting/looking at your phone while someone is having a conversation with you (40%)
4. Oversharing – loud and highly personal phone conversations (38%)
5. Putting calls on loudspeaker in public (37%)
6. Talking to other people while on the phone (37%)
7. Taking a photo of every single meal for social media (34%)
8. Hanging up while someone is still talking (32%)
9. Rarely answering the phone (31%)
10. When someone rings you and you immediately call back but they don’t answer (27%)

For more information on this research, click here.

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