quote: Answering phone beats sex By Jennifer Dudley February 12, 2004
SEX, bathing, working, shopping and exercise all come second to answering a mobile phone for almost half of Australians, according to a new survey.
Unsurprisingly, most think the increasing popularity of mobile phones has made society less courteous and considerate.
The Siemens Mobile Lifestyle Survey of 371 Australians found 48 per cent would stop whatever they were doing no matter where they were to answer a mobile phone, even if they were in a "compromising situation".
But while many may find this behaviour unsociable, mobile phones also added to Australians' social lives, the survey found.
A quarter of Australians scheduled all their social events and engagements using their mobile phone and as such most could not bear to be without it -- 39 per cent of young people said they would return home to retrieve their mobile phone if they had forgotten it.
quote: I’d say we're atypical Aussies - mind you, everyone who's seen our photo on foobonic tells us we "look Australian". Whatever that means...
I'm a British girl who talks like I work for the BBC. Whenever I go to the US people in shops and restaurants say things to me like 'G'day, mate' and ask me about life in Australia. When I explain that I'm not Australian, they tell me 'But you LOOK Australian!'
I thought that this must just be a quirky American thing, mixing up the accent or something, but, when I arrived in Australia for the first time in my life last year, a woman at the gate said 'welcome home!'. I explained that, no, I wasn't home. She said, 'But you LOOK Australian!' Just about everyone I met seemed to be surprised when I turned out not to be from Australia.
So, I guess whatever Australian looks like, I look like that.
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I'm American, and I can usually tell the difference between a british accent and an aussie accent. I've only run into one person where I wasn't sure. She was British.
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