Women more offended by smartphone use at work
Smartphone use at work is viewed in different ways, depending on a person's gender, age and wher they live, according to new research.
The findings of a new study, published in the journal Business Communication Quarterly, provide insight into how attitudes toward technology may change over time and suggests what smartphone behaviors are perceived to be polite and socially acceptable.
By analyzing the responses of 550 participants, the researchers found that more women saw cell phone use at work unacceptable than men did, including answering calls or texting at a business or power lunch.
The results also showed that younger professionals were more likely to be accepting of smartphone use than older professionals. The researchers suggested that younger people may want to monitor their cell phone use more closely since they rely on those older than them for career advancement.