Loud Talkers Yapping on

By Matt Hines  |  Posted 2006-03-14 Print this article Print

Cell Phones in Public Places"> Another area covered by the guideline is the maintenance of proper vocal volume, which while seemingly aimed at the retirement set, does attempt to address one of the fundamental issues plaguing the mobile world: people who simply speak too loudly.

The report specifically suggests keeping your voice down when in close proximity to others such as in line at a coffee shop or on public transportation, or when discussing personal matters that could be offensive or annoying to people around you.
Kindly, the guideline does not suggest that people who need this piece of advice may actually just need to get a clue.
With text messaging invading our wireless devices, LetsTalk reasserts that doing so while driving is probably not a good idea. The company offers no statistics on the number of crashed BMWs sacrificed in the name of proving this point of etiquette. Of course, there are times when you simply must answer a call in a potentially sensitive setting, and in those cases it is acceptable to do so if you properly excuse yourself before picking up, according to the report. By openly establishing with whomever is calling that you are not available to speak, and asking them if there is some sort of pressing reason for the call, you can also prove your mobile manners, suggests the guideline. Another burgeoning area demanding new wireless refinement is the growing presence of cameras on mobile devices, and the report reminds that its best to have your subjects permission before snapping a picture.

The etiquette guide lists public locker rooms and swimming pools as places where its wise to use extreme caution when snapping away. Doing so may also save any aspiring photographers from being arrested or getting beat up.

In a related study, LetsTalk also released new demographics regarding peoples perceptions about just where it is appropriate to use your handheld, and more importantly where it is not. In another submission to the seemingly obvious, locales including bathrooms, movies and theaters are considered off limits to most individuals, while automobiles and supermarkets are seen as within the boundaries of good taste. Thankfully, the study does find that U.S. adult cell phone owners are less likely to feel it is generally acceptable to speak on their cell phones in the bathroom or in restaurants than they were two years ago. Still, the guide recommends watching out for more drivers and shoppers multitasking on their phones in the coming years. Does the Ultramobile PC have a niche? Click here to read more. According to a report commissioned by LetsTalk and conducted by pollsters Harris Interactive, only 38 percent of the 2,000 people it surveyed felt it was acceptable to use a mobile in the toilet, compared to as much as 62 percent in 2003. Only 2 percent of those interviewed felt it was fine to use a wireless at the movies or in a theater, down from 11 percent in 2000. Use of cell phones in cars is enjoying a renaissance according to the study, with 63 percent of those surveyed identifying the practice as suitable. While 76 percent of respondents agreed that calling while driving was OK in 2000, less than 50 percent had approved of the idea in studies conducted in 2002 and 2003. On this point, LetsTalks Tamer leaves the joking aside for a minute. "People are starting to have fewer reservations about driving and doing a million other things, and underestimate the danger of multitasking while operating a vehicle," said Tamer. "The technology to help prevent accidents is already there, ready for them to use, but people always assume the worst will happen to someone else; in this case the technology is here to help our lives, but a lot of people are taking it to an extreme." It should be noted that LetsTalk also markets a wide range of hands-free calling accessories.

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