Most Men Think It’s OK to Check Texts in Meetings. Most Women Don’t.

The gender divide extends to the workplace

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Women are less inclined to condone texting during a work meeting, according to a recent nation-wide survey.

Less surprisingly, older people are also more likely to shun the practice, according to the University of California Berkley surveys published Thursday. Here’s a glance at some of the findings, compiled by the Wall Street Journal:

Men were more likely to think checking texts in a meeting was acceptable.

  • 59% of men surveyed considered it acceptable to check text messages during an informal meeting.
  • 34% of women responded similarly.

Men were more likely to think answering a call during a meeting was acceptable.

  • 50% of men surveyed considered answering a call during an informal meeting was appropriate
  • 26% of women responded similarly.

Men were more likely to think texting during a meeting was acceptable.

  • 43% of men surveyed considered texting during an informal meeting okay.
  • 23% of women responded similarly.

Young people were more likely to think reading text messages in a meeting was okay.

  • 80% of people ages 21 – 30 thought reading text messages or emails was acceptable.
  • 33% of people ages 51 – 65 responded similarly.

Young people were more likely to think sending text messages in a meeting was oaky.

  • 66% of people ages 21 – 30 thought sending text messages or emails during an informal meeting was acceptable.
  • 20% of people ages 51 – 65 responded similarly.

[WSJ]

3 comments
belindasummers
belindasummers

It seems an inappropriate behavior to text while the meeting is still going on. I rather listen so when it's my time to speak people will pay the same amount of respect and attention. :)

OTTERapp
OTTERapp

This reminds me of my friend who works at Wells Fargo.  He told me that his team's meeting productivity would increase 40% or more if everyone wasn't texting and checking their texts during meetings.  These same employees were guilty of occasionally checking texts while driving.

After my three year old daughter was nearly run down by a texting driver in 2009, I invented an app to manage texting whether the user is at home, in the office or on the road.  OTTER (One Touch Text Response) has GPS road safety features and a silent texting Auto Reply with a timer and unlimited, grouped, customizable responses.  Its simple and easy to schedule "texting blackout periods" so you can focus on the task at hand, like an important meeting - or anything like... watching a movie.  Maybe technology can help us get back to doing one thing at a time with quality results.  


Erik Wood, owner

OTTER app

do one thing well... be great.

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Katie62058541

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