ATLANTA, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SpinVox, the leader in voice-to-text
technology, has used its expertise in mobile phone culture to identify
America's top ten most annoying cell phone practices. In an effort to
foster harmonious community living, SpinVox lists these antisocial habits
and offers helpful tips for more respectful cell phone usage.
"Cell phones have become as necessary as our wallets and keys in our
daily routine," said Christina Domecq, SpinVox co-founder and CEO. "With
such a high level of integration into our lives and with so many people
using cell phones, it is important to always be considerate of others
around us when using them.
"Eighty-two percent of all Americans report being irritated at least
occasionally by loud and annoying mobile phone users who conduct their
calls in public places, according to a 2006 study conducted by the Pew
Internet and American Life Project.
According to a poll of SpinVox users, the following are the most cited
antisocial usage habits:
Top Ten Cell Phone Usage Offenses and Remedies
1. The Offense: 'Loud Speakers' - People talking at a volume that's loud
enough for everyone around them to hear. Your conversation is really
not interesting to others, even if you're name dropping.
The Remedy: Try finding a more appropriate location to have your
2. The Offense: 'Taste Blasters' - People that shout their musical
preferences through their ringtones.
The Remedy: Consider your environment and adjust the volume of your
3. The Offense: 'Chow Chatterers' - People that use their cell phones at
the dinner table ... eating and talking at the same time!
The Remedy: If you need to take the call, consider leaving the table
and finding a more suitable area to have your conversation.
4. The Offense: 'Spinal Tappers' - People with their speaker volumes
'turned up to eleven', or having conversations in public through their
The Remedy: Be courteous to those around you by adjusting your speaker
volume and only using your speakerphone at home or in your office.
5. The Offense: 'Text Maniacs' - People that are constantly texting --
during conversations, meetings, meals, etc. That's just rude ...
The Remedy: If you absolutely cannot wait to generate or reply to a
text, politely excuse yourself from whatever you are doing before
6. The Offense: 'Check-Out Blockers' - People that are talking on the
phone at the check-out station when they should be paying and
collecting their things. Those people waiting behind you are there
for a reason ...
The Remedy: When it is your turn, put the cell phone away. If you
must continue your conversation, consider letting others skip ahead in
7. The Offense: 'Ring Cyclists' - People that let their cell phones ring
and ring, rather than answer or silence them. No one wants to hear
the repeating bars of your "thong song" ring tone ...
The Remedy: Have your cell phone in a convenient place where you can
answer it quickly, instead of in a deep pocket or at the bottom of a
8. The Offense: 'Free Samplers' - People that select their ringtones in
public by freely sampling each and every one ... loudly ...
The Remedy: Be considerate of those around you and sample your
ringtones in private -- other people simply aren't interested.
9. The Offense: 'Walk 'n Scrollers' - People texting or hunting through
their contacts while walking. A great way to multitask, but be
careful who or what you bump into!
The Remedy: Before texting or searching through your phone, consider
stopping and stepping aside instead of walking.
10. The Offense: 'Can Conversationalists' - People that take calls in
public bathroom stalls. Restrooms are for taking care of business,
not taking calls ...
The Remedy: Just don't do this.
"SpinVox voice-to-text technology gives people more freedom and control
over how they express themselves and communicate with others," said SpinVox
CEO Christina Domecq. "In particular, SpinVox Voicemail, which
automatically converts your voice messages into text, helps you avoid some
common cell phone faux pas by allowing you to check voicemail messages
efficiently and without offense to others whenever and wherever you
Jeremy H. Greenberg, a New Jersey education consultant and SpinVox user
has been using the service to help manage his calls, increase productivity
and improve his cell phone etiquette.
"I love NOT calling voice mail EVER! I also love checking messages at
meetings (discretely, of course), and the instant call back feature is
cool," said Greenberg. "I have recommended SpinVox to my family and friends
and consider SpinVox to have really enhanced my quality of life."
For more information about SpinVox visit www.spinvox.com.
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SpinVox Global Consumer PR Director
T: +44 (0)20 7965 2000
5W Public Relations
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