Armistice silence 'failed to stop online chatter' in Britain

11th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

While millions fell silent in Britain Thursday to remember Armistice Day, research showed many people would have continued to chat online using Facebook and Twitter during the two-minute silence.

Nearly half the British workforce intended to ignore the two-minute silence on Armistice Day by going online, according to a poll which examined the country's approach to the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918.

The survey said that while two-thirds of people intended to refrain from talking to colleagues on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, 44 percent considered it acceptable to surf social networking sites on the Internet.

Alistair Blaxill, executive director at marketing company Communisis, which commissioned the research, said: "The rise of social networking and online communications has created a workforce that feels the need to stay connected to their friends and colleagues whatever the circumstances.

"For many continuing to work and communicate despite the two-minute silence will be second nature."

Social commentators have observed that the wearing of the paper poppy to commemorate the war dead appears to have come back into fashion in recent years, perhaps as British forces remain heavily committed to operations in Afghanistan.

The Royal British Legion, which organises the silence, said the "revival" of support for the event "demonstrates that, despite the passing of the years and the declining number of veterans, the nation still feels strongly about remembrance."

About 3,000 people were interviewed for the poll on November 8.

© 2010 AFP

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