SmartphonesEven in death there is no escape from the familiar ping or ring of a mobile phone, with one in six people admitting to having made or received a call, texted, or used social media at a funeral. Research by Co-operative Funeralcare found that even though funerals topped the public’s list of the most unacceptable times to use a phone – ahead of driving, at the cinema or during a wedding – two out of five people said they would not turn off their device while attending one. Of those, three out of ten would set it to silent, and one in ten would refuse to turn the sound down or turn it off. One in 16 people admitted to having received a call, text or email message by accident while one in six people had seen someone at a funeral “frantically trying to turn off their phone that has started ringing.” Research was carried out among 2,000 men and women funeral attendees aged 18 and above.

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