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Intel study shows bad mobile manners, such as texting while driving and restroom cellphone chats, on the rise

February 25, 2011 | 12:17 pm

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People using mobile technology probably have great productivity rates, but their manners are foul, according to a study from chip-making giant Intel Corp

Mobile manners are worse now than they were even a year ago, 75% of respondents said. More than 90% said they’d witnessed some sort of misuse of technology –- about five offenses daily.

Just 9% of U.S. adults don’t own at least a cellphone, laptop computer or tablet, leading to an epidemic of “public displays of technology,” according to the study of 2,000 people.

Users are wedded to their devices, with gadget sightings reported on honeymoons, in public restrooms and in movie theaters. Twenty percent admitted to checking mobile gadgets even before they get out of bed in the morning.

Though about two in 10 adults admit to bad mobile behavior themselves, most blamed the etiquette breach on the fact that everyone else was just as guilty, according to data compiled by market research company Ipsos for Intel.

That includes text-and-drive infractions, walk-and-blab incidents and plenty of public loudmouthing. And 24% of people have seen drivers working on laptops while behind the wheel.

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Photo: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times

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