from the psychology-and-cell-phones dept
Wasn’t really planning on posting at all on this day after Thanksgiving, but just came across this (registration required) article in the NY Times about why people have a tendency to talk louder when they’re on a cell phone, thus disturbing more people around them. It also looks into the reasons for lots of other mobile phone related activities. It seems that I don’t fit into the stereotype of the young adult male who feels the need to show off his cell phone. I try to always leave mine on vibrate, and if it rings, I move as quickly as possible to someplace private (if possible) so as not to bother anyone. It seems that most guys my age do no such thing and prefer to show off their technology savvy by yapping away, at a higher volume than necessary. One small note, though, is that in the article they talk about the tendency for more men to put their phones on a table at a restaurant or bar than women. While the researchers claim it’s to “show off plumage” or whatever, I think it may be a lot more practical. Women often have a purse to keep the phone in. Keeping a cell phone in a pocket can be uncomfortable, and so it’s often easier to put it on the table for that reason – rather than to show it off.