Whipping Out Smartphone During a Movie More Offensive to Canadians Than During a Funeral

Canadians have an interesting take on cellphone etiquette, according to a recent Google Consumer Survey.

The survey, commissioned by Telus, reveals that more Canadians consider it “completely unacceptable” to use a smartphone during a movie at the theatre than a funeral.

More rationally, 54% of Canadians say if a first date brought out their cellphone during dinner, they would refuse a second date; 17% said they’d even end the date early. On top of that, half of Canadians consider having their conversation interrupted by a cellphone check is more rude than being told to shut up.

According to the survey, Canadians are more than twice as likely to whip out their smartphones around friends and family than when at work.

Interestingly, while 90% of Canadians think others are annoying when they use their smartphone in public, 40% don’t believe their own smartphone use bothers others. And in an un-Canadian like twist, 38% said they don’t even care, with just 10% regretting smartphone behaviour after being told their use was inappropriate.