Microsoft to Windows Phone 7 Users: Don't Be Rude

By Jennifer Lawinski  |  Print this article Print

To commemorate the launch of its Windows Phone 7, Microsoft commissioned a survey on bad phone behaviors to encourage customers to just say no to answering the phone at a funeral.

Bad phone behavior. We all know how to spot it, but few of us own up to it.

And Microsoft wants it to stop.

To commemorate the launch of its Windows Phone 7 smartphone, the software giant partnered with Harris Interactive on a phone survey of more than 2,000 adults to find out what bad phone behaviors are most irksome and to encourage consumers to change their mobile phone habits.

When it comes to bad phone behavior, 72 percent of those surveyed said it was one of their pet peeves, but only 18 percent admitted guilt when it came to behaving badly themselves.

Less than half—48 percent—said that talking on a mobile phone in a public restroom was inappropriate, and 40 percent said they had used a mobile phone in a bathroom.

That practice was a dicey one for Generation Y—19 percent, about one in five of respondents, said they'd dropped their mobile phone in the toilet. Of that group, aged 18 to 24, 64 percent said they'd lost their phone somewhere unusual, like in the refrigerator or in the couch.

When it comes to talking and dining, 85 percent said it was inappropriate to use your phone on a date, but if you're with friends or family, it's not so bad. Almost 40 percent of respondents said they'd used their phone when out with friends or family.

Despite finding it a faux pas, one quarter of respondents used their phones during a date, with that number going up to 40 percent for the under-24 set.

When it comes to religious ceremonies, wakes and funerals, 90 percent of respondents say it's not OK to use your phone. At weddings, however, that drops to 82 percent.

And with the approaching holidays, keep in mind that 47 percent of mobile phone owners under 35 communicated with colleagues or checked work e-mail at holiday gatherings. About 25 percent of male phone owners between the ages of 18 and 34 used their phones to find somewhere to go to get away from the gathering, and 11 percent used the phones to fake an illness to make an escape.