Why do young people hold their smartphone in front of their face when making a call?

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  1. TETENAL macrumors member

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    I noticed that more and more often young people are holding their smartphone in front of their face when they are making a regular phone call (or VOIP or FaceTime Audio or whatever they do nowadays). This looks incredibly weird to me.

    I guess I kind of know the answer to why they do this. They are probably no longer accustomed to old analog phones with a handset on a cable that you hold onto your ear and speak into.

    But why do they hold it in front of their face? Don't they know that smartphones have proximity sensors that disable touch when you hold them to the ear? Are they afraid of smudging the screen?

    It looks incredibly unstable, like they could drop their phone any moment. And hearing must be worse too. So weird.
     
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    Speakerphone from what I've overheard. They look like dumbasses, but most teenagers are dumbasses to begin with.
     
  4. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    hehe... more like up to your ear will fry your brain more...

    Perhaps holding in front of your face is a new thing. *shrugs*
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    There using speaker phone. Over here it’s very common in some races to talk in that way.
     
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    Perfect comment from the perfect username.
     
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    I think it's so you can see they have an iPhone!
    Worse are people who use there device on speaker phone when in close proximity of others. It's bad enough listening to one end of your dull conversation let alone both.
     
  9. tpham5919 macrumors regular

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    Cuz their hearing is still pretty good unlike us old timers? :)
     
  10. D.T. macrumors 604

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    I do this pretty regularly, because 95% of the time, I use the speakerphone - and it's convenient if you need to navigate to another app (to look up something, get directions, share a content, etc.), or if I'm navigating some kind of phone input system.

    I think in the US some of it was from the period of the "walkie talkie" style phones.
     
  11. MDMachiavelli macrumors regular

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    speakerphone and FaceTime would be be logical explanations.
     
  12. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I haven't seen people doing that out in public, when I am at home I will use speaker phone just because phones are too big to comfortably hold up to your ear these days.
     
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    PTT, it still exists. I had one through work for a long time. It would draw uncomfortable stares when you used it in public if the people were unaware of such tech.
     
  14. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    Speakerphone or FaceTime, yes. That's the only time that I, as a young person, will hold my phone in front of me to make a call. That said: phone call? What's that? I prefer to text :D
     
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    You'll get past the texting thing after you reach puberty.:D:D
     
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    Interesting. Over here we lost PTT a few years ago when the old CDMA network was shut down. Do you happen to know whether the US service has been updated to work over LTE or whether it still uses the legacy network?
     
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    I'm with Verizon, but according to their page, it goes over 4G LTE and wi-fi. I'm not sure how they've done it as I don't keep up with mobile news. Didn't Orange offer it for years? I know TalkTalk looked into it ages ago but thought it was best to leave it up to the larger carriers. Didn't Deutsche Telekom offer it there for years but no one used it as much as texting? We used it here often because for so many years, the cost of text bundles outweighed PTT costs. As I said, you looked quite stupid if not questionable in public. Though I felt a fool to using a giant sat phone in foreign countries while on work assignment. You look like a right twat using one and having to scream because the satellites then were such garbage.

    Never bothered with them years before that. Dropping a post card or note at a US consulate or embassy to be faxed to the US was simpler and faster.

    Texting is now unlimited for 99% of plans here. I believe Apple established that with the iPhone. Kudos to the late Steve Jobs. :) All I remember from that time period when speaking to friends living in the UK was "we text a lot," and I couldn't imagine how they afforded texting so much, sometimes a few hundred a day. The overage prices in the US then were a shocker.
     
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    Back in the 1980's, people weren't afraid to share music - in those days, that meant listening to it together. Boomboxes (or "ghetto blasters") were the toy of the day. Most people didn't use headphones, especially in public. Music was meant to be enjoyed by all.

    Today, you get nothing but cross looks (or worse) for playing music through an actual speaker where people other than yourself can hear it. Young people today want to listen through headphones, but more importantly they want YOU to listen through headphones as well. It's not so much that people don't want to share music today, it's that they don't want YOU to share YOUR music. It's all about headphones.

    Which is why I find it particularly ironic that this same group of people insist on using speakerphone so often when they already have headphones connected to the phone.
     
  20. maxjohnson2 macrumors regular

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    It's not just speakerphone but it's all video calls now. I expect this to be the norm for the future.
     
  21. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Many folks use FaceTime these days, so perhaps it’s a habit from that usage (at least for some)?
     
  22. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Not many people were thrilled with the boomboxes either. Although occasionally someone would take it upon themselves to silence the disturbance. Check out this actual security camera footage from a bus in the Bay Area circa 1986.

     
  23. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    So it's a hold over from the Death Grip days. Makes sense to me. Except it was 3 generations ago, I guess some fads never fade.:p
     
  24. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    People sharing music (crap music at that), on crappy little bt speakers tuned up load so it distorts to hell are always younger than 20. Ban them I say!
     
  25. Zenithal Suspended

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    I have so many bad memories of tapes getting stuck in their players. It's happened with CDs too, but usually there's a pinhole manual release. Nowadays, I can connect a USB in the console and go off of that. Today's kids have it so good with all the fancy new tech.

    @Apple fanboy You forget the days of our generation rocking out a boombox at max volume pissing off the older people. :p
     

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