Rating: 70 per cent of Brits admit phone usage in toilet
Research conducted by Purple Gossip (a re-cycled handset specialist) has found that over two-thirds (70 per cent) of Brits admit to having used their mobile phone in the toilet. That’s not just talking, it’s also texting or playing a quick game of Tetris and Bejeweled.
These results match a survey of mobile phone behaviour comparing how subscribers in different countries behaved some years back. GoMo News remembers Brits coming out top then as most likely to use their phones in a toilet, then.
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The country- specific survey also found that the French were most likely to interrupt a conversation to take a mobile call. GoMo news though this was urban myth until a Frenchman answered his mobile onstage and in mid-speech.
The most annoying mobile phone offences are generally noise-related. 77 per cent of respondents cited scrolling through ringtones in a public place as the most annoying habit, whereas 71 per cent were most irritated by people playing music on their phone in public.
The toilet is not only the private place which the mobile phone has invaded – it’s gone into the bedroom, too. Over 75 per cent of Britons regularly sleep next to their phones, the survey found.
Sometimes it’s for practical reasons – such as the handset acting as an alarm clock. Otherwise, it’s to speak to a loved one or even to send a cheeky late night text flirt before falling a sleep.
Significantly, the Purple Gossip survey found that 74 per cent of males will readily ignore present company to answer a call.
“This survey reveals that Brits have an interesting relationship with their mobile phones. Whilst we have evidently adopted some bad habits over the last decade, the mobile phone is becoming increasingly integral to our daily routine,” commented a Purple Gossip spokesperson.