Phone experts have come up with a round-up of the worst places to use your phone – and the most inappropriate one is a place we’re almost all guilty of
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In today’s day of ever-advancing digital technology, we are all guilty of being heavily dependent on our phones – but new research has found the places where you should really refrain from using them.
Phone experts at Telephone Systems.Cloud admit that 24/7 access to our phones can access our lives “greatly”.
But they have come up with a round-up of places where it would be best for you to stay off your phone, whether that is for health and safety or simply so you can enjoy the present moment.
According to researchers, the main place where phones should be strictly forbidden are toilets, the Liverpool Echo reports.
This is because of the thousands of germs around your bathrooms, which can get on your device and spread elsewhere.
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A recent study from the University of Arizona has found the average smartphone is in fact ten times dirtier than a toilet seat.
Alastair Bates, Managing Director of Telephone Systems.Cloud said: “I think many of us can admit we depend heavily on our phones for lots of things, they can help us feel much more connected and benefit our lives greatly!
“However, there are definitely more than a few places where using a phone is frowned upon.
“These moments give mobile users the chance to disconnect from their phones for just a little while.
“We want to encourage mobile users to recognise these moments and make the most of them.”
As well as the toilet, here are other places where we should be looking to put our phones down.
On an aeroplane
This one seems obvious, however, it is still ignored by many. Mobile phone users should use flying as an opportunity to switch off from the mobile world.
Having a nap, enjoying the view or getting some serious thinking done are just some of the alternatives which can give phone users a break from their screens and a chance to connect with the real world a little bit more.
At a concert
A potentially controversial but incredibly valid place to refrain from using a mobile is at a music event. Although filming and sharing your concert experience online can help others to experience the atmosphere, music and all-round great vibes, it can often make the offender seem distanced and removed from the concert.
Many artists take great offence to this and encourage concert-goers to enjoy the moment rather than worrying about filming their favourite song for their Instagram story.
On a date
We can often turn to our screens in uncomfortable and awkward moments, making them the perfect crutch when on dates.
However, the most innocent of screen checks can often come across as very rude and dismissive when meeting someone for the first time or on a date with a potential partner.
A restaurant in France has taken a revolutionary approach to this and completely banned the use of phones.
At Petit Jardin, any guest caught with a phone will be handed a very shameful ‘yellow card’, with red cards being awarded to any double offenders before they are escorted from the premises.
Many of us are guilty of reaching for our devices first thing in the morning.
As innocent as this morning social media scroll may seem, it can actually have several negative effects including setting the tone for your whole day.
It makes sense, by waking up and immediately getting distracted by who’s posting what, new Twitter scandals and spam emails, mobile phone users are setting themselves up to stay in this mindset for the whole day.