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What irritates you the most about mobile phone users?

A new online poll names and shames mobile phone users’ most irritating practices, from over-sharing images of food to constant updating of current location.

Talking loudly on public transport has been voted the most common annoying mobile phone habit by the over 55’s with 79% of votes. This beat ‘friends who continue to use their mobile in social situations’ with 73%.  These figures were revealed in a new online survey of over 2000 UK adults by www.mobiles.co.uk,

In addition, the following irritants comprise other annoying mobile phone habits reported:

•  Playing loud music on mobile phones (57%)

•  Texting while walking (48%)

•  Using “text speak” in other communications (e.g. using “u” instead of “you” when emailing) (37%)

•  Phone “snobbery” (i.e. people who strongly argue one phone’s merit over another) (32%)

•  Constantly updating a location on social media (32%)

• Constantly being invited by people to play mobile phone games (37%)

•  Taking/sharing photographs of food (28%)

Have you got anything else to add to this list?  What mobile phone users’ irritating practices bug you?

Which annoys you the most?

297 people have already voted, what's your opinion? People talking on phones loudly on public transport Use of mobiles in social situations

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celtwitch
15th Apr 2015
0
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I was out hill walking one day when I saw a young woman coming towards me. Hill walkers are a friendly bunch of people who will always greet each other when out in the wilds, even when they have never met before.
I was about to give the lass a cheery 'hello' when she produced her phone and proceeded to write a text, she walked past me, head down and apparently oblivious to my presence. Strange.
countrylass
2nd Mar 2015
0
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How did we manage before mobile phones?? Get a life, few things are that important that you have to be constantly glued to and updated by and from your mobiles. Turn it off and live in the present. Relax!!
Plumsteadpal
2nd Mar 2015
0
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People walking while using mobile phones makes me mad and when you see people doing that while crossing the road, i just wonder if they know what they are doing..
SovereignInventory
2nd Mar 2015
0
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The main problem I have is the constant use of mobiles by people (mainly younger men) whilst driving. The Govt must look at the possibility of an instant driving ban if caught driving whilst using a mobile phone. The current fine system is not working and is not enough of a deterrent.
tel-boy
9th Feb 2015
1
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I have a mobile phone on Pay as you go. I put £10 on it 2 years ago and only use it to find my wife in Sainsbury's whilst shopping after I have parked our car. I still get messages and calls from companies I don't know, "Have you worked in a noisy environment" for instance, "yes but I am hearing you OK" or "You have reached someone who is deaf, will you please shout as loud as possible."
They then just end the call,
mercury
6th Feb 2015
1
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I think it's their unfounded belief that everyone within earshot is remotely interested in their drivel, which they deliver in an intrusively loud voice just to make sure none of it is private.
wiffler
6th Feb 2015
2
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Walking along minding your own business, you hear someone speak, so you turn around and say pardon, then realise they are speaking to someone on their phone. Apart from being embarrassed it's annoying. People walking along speaking into their phones, what's so important that they must speak now. Everyone in their own little worlds.
pieinthesky
6th Feb 2015
2
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It appears to be an addiction. I wonder how a fair-sized family affords all latest new technology for every member.
Bazeley
30th Jan 2015
1
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I do think it's sad when a table full of people are all sat looking at their phones rather than each other. As for listening to conversations on public transport - I have to admit unintentional eavesdropping makes my train journeys go faster!
Baxi
30th Jan 2015
2
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I can't bear it when people text when they are walking - especially when crossing the road. They are oblivious to cars and who's fault would it be if they are hit???
annakay
29th Jan 2015
1
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When I see families in a restaurant, and all of them are sitting at the dinner table with phones in their hands, texting, or on social media.
Or in the cinema and the lights from their phones, while they are texting, distract me from the film.
Jo Kingham
29th Jan 2015
3
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I was on the train yesterday and this woman was shouting down her mobile phone for a good 5 minutes. It was a business call and one quite frankly that should have been done in private not for the whole train to hear. If you have to take an urgent call then whisper! most things can wait a few minutes until you get off the train can't they.
daydreams
29th Jan 2015
2
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If I used public transport, it would definitely annoy me if people were using their mobiles loudly enough so you could hear it clearly. It annoys me that people can't seem to go anywhere without the things clamped to their ears, or switched on in their pockets/bags. Why this constant need to be in contact with people all the time? Do they dislike silence or their own company so much? I know that they have their uses, even though mine still has £20 I put on it when I bought it, at my husband's insistence, four years ago! It's there for emergencies only. People just seem to talk into their mobiles rather than have face to face conversations with others around them, or use the phone as an excuse not to have to.
Robbinn
29th Jan 2015
2
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It was interesting to see that when I voted, the poll was almost neck-a-neck which agrees with my thoughts that mobile phones can get in the way in social situations AND be annoying on public transport.
Mobile phones are absolutely brilliant for many reasons but I do believe they are making people less and less polite. I have lost count of the times I have been bumped into because someone has their head down texting and didn't look where they were going; I refuse to have them on my dinner table where conversation is king, but I cannot make that rule at other tables.
I must live with it and try not to be a grouch when I see others consumed by their mobiles.
Binzi
29th Jan 2015
3
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People who insist on taking their phones into the theatre and sit texting or browsing the web, and then think it's okay to start taking photographs!
Archiebald
29th Jan 2015
2
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Yes I have noticed lots of people also taking pictures of their food in restaurants and sending to a friend...how the world is changing!
MrFred
28th Jan 2015
3
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Both annoy me, but if someone is talking loud on a mobile they'd be talking loud if their buddy was sat next to them. C'est la vie - I can deal with it. What really annoys me is when they play music on the phones speaker - that's truly selfish, and wantonly antisocial... but back to the point.

It really aggravates me when i'm talking to someone face to face and they cut me off to answer their phone. I find this the hight of rudeness. I find this far more annoying than someone talking on the phone on a train.
Munsterlander
27th Jan 2015
5
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I am fed up. Every time I see people they don't talk anymore, all they do is look at their phones ,this is not just kids it adults as well.

The art of conversation is gone.
Wilf
27th Jan 2015
3
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The problem is we probably all do both...I have been told on quite a few situations to "stop shouting" when I have been on buses, trains or generally outside and out and about. The problem is sometimes I cannot hear the person on the other end of the phone so I assume they cannot hear me and I shout.
Donna17
27th Jan 2015
4
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Don't like use of mobile phones in public places & social events!
Archiebald
27th Jan 2015
4
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People shouting on public transport on phones drives me mad. I go to London a couple of times a week and it takes an hour. Sometimes I get someone by me talking for 30 minutes and shouting in my ear and most of the time its not business its just a social call and to be honest I am not interested! I also hate it when I get someone with earphones in listening to music as all you can hear is beat, beat beat...not even the actual music!-Don't think we can change either...so rant over!
Donna17
27th Jan 2015
3
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Like what you said
We can't change people but it doesn't mean we have to agree with all of this!
Archiebald
27th Jan 2015
3
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Agreed Donna...I think people should be a bit more considerate..maybe more "quiet" carriages on the railways. Heard they are talking about putting mobile signals on the tube...no peace at all then!!!

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