It’s a familiar call at the start of any conference: switch off your mobile or at least put it in silent. But does anyone ever bother? A survey by a UK conference centre suggests not: 75% of attendees left their phones on regardless of requests, and of that group, 40% check their email at least once every half an hour. I know I’m guilty of doing that. Is it now acceptable to check your email or phone during a conference, or do I need to get better manners?
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Angus Kidman | Lifehacker Editor
Angus has been writing professionally about technology since 1994 and breaking it for even longer. He is based in Sydney but spends a frankly unhealthy portion of his life on the road, tracking down the latest stories. In 2011, he won the IT Journo Award For Best Consumer Technology Journalist and Consensus IT Writers Award for Best Technical Writer for his work on Lifehacker; about time too.