We know that overhearing someone’s cell phone conversation (external - login to view) is annoying. But does the act of talking on the phone actually make you more of a jerk? In this study, the authors tested whether people talking on their phone would be less likely to help someone in need — in this case, a ‘confederate’ wearing a leg brace who drops a stack of magazines. As you might have guessed, the people on the phone were much less likely to offer any help (9% vs. 72% for people not on the phone). Is this no big deal? A sign of the death of civilized society? Discuss!
Study proves that talking on your cell phone makes you act like an a**hole. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com (external - login to view)the
one of the highest levels of public douchebaggery