Research in the UK shows that smartphones are changing the way we socialize and what we define as good etiquette.

Much was made of the Ofcom research into the way we Brits use our smartphones. The main focus has been on the “shocking” use of BlackBerrys, iPhones and Android phones by naughty teenagers in places such as libraries, theatres, cinemas and even in the bathroom.

Surely this is missing the point, clearly stated by Ofcom’s director of research, James Thickett, who said that rather than pointing the finger at teenagers’ overuse we should look at the way smartphones are changing modern manners and social etiquette. Sophie Radice/The Guardian.

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