Cell phone privacy should be an everyday concern - especially for students

Jul 5, 2012 13:19:30Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Cell phone privacy should be an everyday concern - especially for students

A recent infographic from OnlineCollege.org suggests that many people, especially college students, may not have the best "mobile manners."

There are more active cell phones than there are citizens in the U.S. - around 300 million people call the country home, but there are more than 330 million active cell phones. But while mobile devices have become more ubiquitous, three out of four people said they believe cell phone etiquette has gotten worse in the past two years.

The news source reports that the average person talks up to three times louder on a cell phone than in normal life and 55 percent of people reported feeling uncomfortable when they overhear a personal call. Also, 22 percent said they were bothered after someone else was playing games or listening to music without headphones and 20 percent disliked hearing a person talk on their phone, regardless of what her or she was saying.

Loud cell phone conversations in public places aren't just annoying - this careless behavior can compromise mobile privacy. Many people are easily distracted while talking on the phone, and may not realize what information they are freely sharing, according to NetworkWorld.

College students may be at a particularly high risk of compromising their mobile security, given how much they rely on their phones. For instance, 94 percent of students say they text every day, while nine of out 10 students text while in class and one out of 10 will text during an exam. Also, three in four students sleep with their cell phones in or by their bed, according to the media outlet.