Did you hear a strange echo the last time you called someone in Germany? Chances are that it wasn’t a problem with your phone. According to a new study conducted by the Stiftung Internetforschung, 17.5 percent of Germans have no issue taking your call while using the bathroom, and when you look at phone users between the ages of 18 and 29, that number increases to 26.6 percent. In just about every group of places where phone conversations are either held in an awkward location or a disturbance to people close by, cell phone usage has increased. 5.2 percent of all respondents and 12.6 percent of the younger age group even admitted to taking a call while in the shower.
So where else do Germans feel it is okay to answer their phones? 37% of younger (18-29) cell phone users don’t think twice about talking on their phones while sitting down to eat at a restaurant, 7.4 percent will talk while watching a movie at the theater, and even 4.3 percent are okay with taking a call during their church service.
Who is on the other end of the call also plays a huge part in whether or not it is going to be answered in those situations. If it is family calling, 87 percent of survey respondents stated they would take the call, and if it is a close friend that number drops to 48.4 percent. If it is the boss calling, Germans are more hesitant to pick up in an inconvenient location, with a total of only 11.1 percent saying they would answer.