Science Proves People Who Talk on Cell Phones in Public More Likely to be Jerks

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — Now there’s scientific evidence to support what you’ve long suspected, that people who talk on cell phones in public are jerks.

Researchers in a study posted on a National Institutes of Health web site tested 62 people who were yakking on the phone in public by having someone wearing leg braces drop a stack of magazines while walking nearby.

Only nine percent of the cell phone talkers stopped their conversation to offer to help that person. 72% of people who weren’t on the phone intervened to help.

An earlier study suggested it’s more distracting to overhear someone else’s one-sided cell phone conversation than to hear two people talking in real life.

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