Yakkety Yak, Men Talk Back On Mobile Phones
from the sounds-familiar dept
Sounding almost identical to last year’s findings, Cingular has come out with this year’s version of their study saying that men spend more time on their mobile phones than women. While this appears to go against the stereotype of women being the chatty phone-types, it’s really not that surprising. First, it’s worth remembering that many years ago, a study found that many men believe that showing off their mobile phones works as a bizarre modern mating call, as if demonstrating just how important they are. Related to that, the study found that men used their mobile phones much more for business purposes, once again, perhaps as a way of showing how self-important they were. I once worked at a company where the QA guy – who really only needed to be sitting at his desk making sure our products worked, would only use his mobile phone at work instead of his desk-phone. In fact, he would then take the phone and wander the office, to make sure everyone could see he was “working.” When viewed in such contexts, it’s less surprising that the male half of the species spends more time on mobile phones. It’s our modern way of showing off.