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If you use a smartphone, you’re a bigger jerk than you think

Not to get all Emily Post on y’all, but have you ever considered how many times a day you’re inadvertently rude because of the ways and moments in which you use your smartphone?

From texting while driving to Words With Friends at dinner, smartphone rudeness is ubiquitous these days, mostly because we don’t recognize that our behavior is inconsiderate to others.

We accidentally talk a bit too loud in cell phone calls, not noticing that others around us are forced to overhear the whole conversation. Or we blithely text away during a movie, our bright little screens distracting eyeballs in an otherwise darkened room. And don’t even get me started on people who tweet from the loo; think about that the next time you’re scrolling through your friends’ updates.

Here’s a lovely little infographic we stumbled on that shows some of the hard numbers behind our total lack of cell phone etiquette. (Personally, I can’t believe the stat about texting while making whoopee, as a ’70s game show host might put it.)

So stop shouting, stop tapping, stop tweeting, and give yourself a few moments of well-deserved technological freedom — and give those around you a well-deserved break from our communal and constant smartphone tactlessness.

Infographic via OnlineCollege.org

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