by Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost
Received some interesting mobile stats in my email inbox this morning about sex and mobile devices that reminded me of something a Rabbi recently said: "I'm going to remind everyone to turn their cell phones off before the ceremony"-- referring to my wedding in less than two weeks.
As a huge fan of mobile and voice search, I do agree there are times when we should turn off the cell phones. Some never do. Not even during sex. It turns out July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Who knew? Skout, developer of a location-based social network and dating application, conducted the survey in June, fielding 5,617 responses among people who use the network. The survey aims to analyze the lengths that people will go to answer a phone call, even if it means being inconsiderate to others.
Some 49% of people admit to being interrupted during sex by their cell phones. Twenty-five percent of men and 17% of women have answered the phone during this intimate act. Half of people called off a relationship via a cell phone. Women are more likely to break off a relationship using their mobile phone -- at 48%, compared with 39% of men.
Have manners and think of others as a range of technology continues to become available. Some 67% of people believe cell phone manners reflect a person's overall manners. Twenty-one percent of people participating in the survey have ended a relationship with someone because they had bad cell phone manners, and 78% of people say they notice when someone has good cell phone manners.
When it comes to photo tagging in Facebook and other social networks, ask friends if it is okay to tag them in pictures before you post. About 64% of people say that it is not okay to get tagged in photos on social media sites without their permission.
Fifty-two percent of people say you should not put your mobile phone on the table during a meal, but 70% of people confess that they are guilty of breaking that rule.
Forty-one percent of people participating in the survey admit to simultaneously talking to someone in person while on the phone, while 34% admit to speaking too loud in public, 13% talk on the phone while in the middle of a meal, and 12% use annoying ringtones.
I plan to take my phone, but leave it in the silent mode on my wedding day. After all, what's a wedding without a few selfies posted to Twitter?