Why does no-one seem to have conversations with their phone to their ear any more?
@dajbelshaw This is something I don't understand... Do they not realise there's a speaker in the headset designed to use with one ear?
@jumboshrimp @dajbelshaw personally I prefer having it on speaker because it's easier to hear. Something about holding it up to my ear makes it difficult to tell what people are saying sometimes. But that's just me.
If I'm in a public place then I'm either calling on my headphones or just using the on-ear speaker like a normal human being. I don't do speakerphone unless I'm in my office or in my car alone.
@dajbelshaw because they are so important that they want you to hear the whole conversation, imagine putting them inside a phone box... meltdown city
@dajbelshaw The ergonomics of the "smart" phone are really bad. They are optimized for marketing which settled on a photogenic standard of maximum screen size and as thin as possible. So they had to squeeze the mic and speakers into the edges of the device. It also means that there's no comfortable place to get a good grip. So people walk around using their hands as a kind of wonky tripod whispering into the end of it – looking like they are eating a slice of plastic pizza.
But this odd posture signals that you are tuned in to advertising trends and compliant with the new because you don't hold the thing like your unfashionable 20th century uncle.
@dajbelshaw, a close family member always uses the phone in the loudspeaker mode for calls and keeps it a bit close to their face. When I meet them once every few months, the tempered glass, protecting the phone’s display, is fully covered with spots of dried saliva! Ewww! 🤮 I’ve also seen many use the loudspeaker mode for normal phone calls, due to the habit of speaking to everyone on #WhatsApp video/audio calls most of the time.
@artfulsodger I'm wondering if it's because phones are so big these days that some people can't hold them in one hand comfortably?
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