Are Phones Making People Late… Or Just More Flexible?

from the depends-on-how-you-look-at-it dept

A few years ago, we wrote about a study saying that 71% of people were consistently late for social events because they knew they could reschedule or adjust thanks to everyone having mobile phones. With that in mind, people should be positively thrilled by this new study that seems to indicate only about 20% of people consider themselves “unreliable” about such things because of their phones. Three-quarters, though, do say that the phones have made them more “flexible.” Of course, it’s a judgment call as to whether or not this is good or bad. Being flexible on meeting people has its advantages. Obviously, doing it in a way that wastes someone else’s time can be problematic and rude, but if it’s done right, that flexibility can be valuable, rather than seen as a negative thing.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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“71% of people were consistently late for social events”

what does this have to do with reliability? It’s a social event. It doesn’t matter.

“Oh my god, it’s 20 til 7 and Bob isn’t standing around sipping pinot grigio and making inane chit-chat yet. That unreliable bastard.”

If 71% were consistently late for taking their friends to the airport, they would be unreliable.

DV Henkel-Wallace says:

Re: late with a cell phone

How about the people who are on time, but take every incoming call, using up about 15 minutes of your time, while you try to finish a coherent line of thought with them. It’s like talking to an ADHD person.

I sometimes call these people, even when I’m sitting in front of them. That usually does the trick.

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