“Jerk-O-Meter” Measures Phone Rudeness

People know when they’re on the phone with an inattentive jerk, but they might not realize how they sound to others. A new telephone technology, dubbed the Jerk-O-Meter, could help.
During calls the device gives its owner messages about his or her performance, displaying notes such as “Don’t be a jerk!,” “Be a little nicer now,” or “Wow, you’re a smooth talker.”
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