Millennials catch a lot of criticism for rudely checking their phones in the middle of anything—classes, conversations, and even presidential bid announcements.
However, young people seem to be fully aware that checking their phone in these contexts is rude, but the urge to do so is just too strong for them to resist, according to a study published this month in the Social Science Journal.
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Harrisburg surveyed 150 college students about their texting habits and opinions on smartphone etiquette.
The initial findings indicate that people will text anywhere, while doing anything—using the restroom, sitting in a movie theater—or even having sex.
"I really just wonder how some of these are logistically possible," says Marissa Harrison, the study's lead author.
And the students were largely aware that they were breaking the laws of etiquette. Most students reported texting while attending class, visiting a friend, or watching a movie—and most students also said that texting is not socially acceptable in these situations.
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"For the most part, they agreed on what was inappropriate, but many reported doing it anyway… They know when it's wrong," says Harrison.
Another study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that texting while driving is ubiquitous—and men, in particular, are unlikely to think that it puts them at risk.
Researchers from the University of South Dakota surveyed college students online and asked them about their texting and driving habits. They found that people report sending up to five texts per day while driving, and 94% of surveyed students admitted that they had sent a text while driving.
Women reported that most of their messages were shorter than one sentence and that they associated texting while driving with a potential car accident.
However, men were more likely to send longer messages and less likely to believe that texting would cause them to crash (Gausman, KTIV NBC, 3/24; Judd, Pacific-Standard, 3/23; Chilson, KSFY ABC, 3/23).
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