The Dying Art of the Phone Conversation
Some 40 percent of British mobile phone users admit conversation is dying, a study has found. Research into mobile phone usage by Vodafone found that even if cost was not a factor, nearly half of mobile owners still wouldn't speak more on the phone.
In fact, the average mobile phone user has around 70 contacts on their phone but will only talk to 11 on a regular basis, leaving over 80% to languish at the back of the phonebook.
This means that the average user only musters up a meager 11 minutes of call time each day. 85% of us have numbers in our phone we've never even called.
The report, which looked at mobile phone usage among 2000 adults, found that although we talk less than ever our mobiles will still take priority- 55% said they would pick up during a meal.
The survey also found that 28% of people are making fewer calls and talking less on their mobiles. When asked why conversation standards are slipping, 20% of respondents blamed social media, with a similar amount pointing to the fact that people don't know how to listen anymore.
In fact, only 26% wish they received more calls than they do now- a quarter are actually irritated whenever a new number pops on an incoming call, while the same amount feel inconvenienced.
The study into modern phone also revealed that although use is slipping, mobiles do still play an important role in our lives - 90% of people said they had received a very important call on their mobile.
Over a quarter said they had been given a job offer, nearly 15% said they had been told about the birth of a child and a surprising 1% even said they had been proposed to via their mobile phone.
Family ties are also important- 23% of women speak to their mum more than anyone else (compared to only 16% of boys). However, when mums do get their sons on the phone, they can't escape- 24% of men speak to their mum for longer than anyone else compared to just 16% of women.