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My mobile phone is something that I always have by my side. Constantly texting, instagramming, snap chatting, face booking, you name it. But there can be some circumstances where I probably shouldn’t be on my phone as much as I am.

If I am in my bedroom or somewhere by myself I feel totally fine being on my phone all the time, because I am not usually controlled by rules and regulations in these particular spaces. Depending on the situation and people I am surrounded by, determines how I act and use my mobile phone.

In my family, we usually sit on the lounge eating our dinner most nights, but when we go out for dinner or sit at the table, the no mobile phone rule is enforced. I don’t think this rule has been properly established, but I feel like it has come about from my mum or dad commenting on my phone habits during dinner and have made this rule up myself. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle trying not to look at my phone. Although this is sort of a rule in my family, my sister still is glued to her phone during dinner which kind of annoys me because I see dinner time is family time. But to my sister, it is prime time to upload a selfie and get all the Instagram likes.


“Studies showed that if a mobile is visible during a conversation it causes people to feel less positive towards the person with whom they are chatting”, according to research conducted by the Daily Mail Australia. Daily Mail reported a study where a team of psychologists asked 37 pairs of strangers to talk for 10 minutes about an exciting event that has happened in their lives in the past month. In this study, the participants sat on chairs in a private room and a mobile phone was put on a desk next to them. Concluding this study, the researchers found that those who had talked with a mobile phone present were significantly less positive that the other participants whom didn’t have a mobile phone nearby.

Canstar Blue put out a survey and found that 2/5 Australians use their phone when in the company of friends and family – even at the dinner table. Research also found that Gen Y survey respondents were 3 times as likely as Baby Boomers to commit mobile etiquette crimes, and women were worse than men. 2/3 of those surveys admitted to feeling guilty when using their phone instead of paying more attention to the people they are with.

Referring to these two studies, I think using a mobile phone at dinner or while talking to someone will get slightly more acceptable as technology is evolving and is such an important part in society now. Although mobile phone regulations and rules may not be set in stone, in my opinion not using your mobile phone in intimate places is just being polite.


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