New Research Informs Where People Will Answer Their Phone

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Toilets, churches, funerals and libraries... According to research nowhere is sacred when it comes to answering the mobile phone.

A decade ago you would be frowned upon for whispering in a library - but today, be they on the loo, in a hospital or even on the quite coach of a train - Brits will pick up their mobile phone to say hello.

Research by Dial-a-Phone, into the rules of mobile phone etiquette, revealed that women are the most obsessed with their mobiles with 76% admitting to never turning them off, compared to 71.2% of men.

The study asked men and women aged 18-35 if they would A) turn their phones off B) turn them to silent or C) Happily answer their mobiles in ten different scenarios.

It is generally agreed that situations such as the cinema or theatre are occasions to at the very least turn your phone to silent with 94.5% refusing to answer our phones. However it appears that some social taboos are shifting with 57% of men happily chatting on the phone whilst on the toilet and 42.6% of women answering the phone during sex.

The great British public is also quite happy to flaunt the rules, so they don't miss a call, with a massive 31% of us answering the phone whilst in a hospital and 41% of us picking up even if we're in the quiet area of the train.

Mobile phones are also making us increasingly rude with 69% of men saying that they would answer the phone during a first date compared to 42% of women. 68.5% would refuse to turn our mobiles off during a meeting, but thankfully all is not lost, as only 5% of people questioned would chat on their mobiles during a funeral.

A spokesperson from Dial-a-Phone, comments: 'We are becoming increasingly reliant on our mobile phones, worried of missing a call, so the boundaries of when we should turn our phones off are widening.

"Mobile phones are essential for many people's work and social lives, but I believe that there are certain situations when we should turn our phones off and instead become totally immersed in something else."

Dial-a-Phone has supplied mobile phones on monthly contract to 2.9 million customers, and since it launched in 2000 over 550,000 customers have connected from the website. Find the latest Mobile Phone news and views at Dialaphone's Mobile Phone Blog

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