We’ve had an email from Co-operative Funeralcare. I couldn’t quite figure out how their services related to the smartphone world, but it turns out that they did have something quite interesting for us.
They’ve conducted research which actually shows that up to one in six people have either received or – perhaps worse – made a call during a funeral. Those people have also admitted to texting or updating social media sites too, which is a tad strange. What exactly are people telling their friends on Facebook?
“At Bobs funeral. Very sad. Drinks at the Horse and Hound after if you’re interested, all welcome.”
Luckily most people find this behaviour inappropriate, and the research reveals that funerals topped the list of the most unacceptable places or activities to use a phone, beating driving, weddings and during a film.
This reminds me of a christening I went to recently. I was surprised to see a number of people used their phone. The guy in front of me, who was dressed in a delightful Kappa tracksuit, answered a call and told the caller that he’d..
“Be at the pub after this tool has waffled on a bit more”
Although I voiced my disapproval with a very British “tut”, he at least had enough respect not to leave mid-way through the ceremony. That respect, sadly, lasted for another four minutes as he and his friends left the church.
Anyhow, the Co-operative Funeralcare people have sent us a lovely infographic to explain their findings..
Mobile Phone Etiquette at Funerals [Infographic] by the team at Co-operative Funeralcare
Britons Reluctant to put Down Their Phones
Undoubtedly, mobile phones have become an essential part of contemporary society. It is always reassuring to know that you’ll never be left without a lifeline, whether your car breaks down, or you’re involved in an accident, or even for something mundane, such as leaving your grocery list at home. It’s more than likely that you’ll always be able to reach someone who can help. Life seems to have become so busy, that sometimes it seems as though mobile phones are the only way to cope with the chaos.
Nevertheless, from new research, it has come to light that there is a shocking new trend developing – an inability for some mobile phone users to refrain from using their gadgets, even at the most inappropriate times.
Funerals topped the list of the most unacceptable places or activities to use a phone, ahead of driving a car, being at the cinema or during a wedding service. It would seem that although most people universally despise the use of mobile phones at funerals, many have double standards; people frown upon the use of mobiles by others, but many are unwilling to turn the sound on their phone down or turn their phone off.
Recent studies showed that a shocking one in six people admit to having made or received a call during a funeral.