75% of delegates stay online during meetings

Study finds most people ignore pleas to switch off mobiles

Three-quarters of delegates are ignoring pleas to turn off personal mobile devices during conferences and meetings, according to a survey carried out by Bedfordshire venue Wyboston Lakes.

The study questioned 875 delegates between August and September and found that 75% of participants ignored requests to switch off their mobile technology during sessions. Of these a further 40% admitted to checking devices at least every 30 minutes and 10% said that they checked every 10 minutes.

In terms of why the rates are so high, the research found that 91% of those who check messages every 10 to 30 minutes said that they felt anxious when unable to access emails. Age was also a key determinant, with some 83% of respondents aged 35 or under saying that if they received a message during a meeting that they would respond during the session.

"In today's society of 24/7 connectivity it can be hard to fight the distractions of the modern world and the pressures that come with it," said Wyboston Lakes sales and marketing director Clive Bache. "As companies want to secure a return on investment from their events, speakers need to find the most effective ways to get audiences focused and involved in the messages they are trying to get across."

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