Meanwhile almost half (48 per cent) confess to talking on a phone on a train or other confined space.And 53 per cent of those surveyed acknowledged they have been guilty of writing emails or text messages largely in capital letters – seen as the internet era’s answer to sending letters in green ink.The habit of text walking has become a major source of ire around the world in the last few years since the advent of full internet enabled smartphones.A series of studies have highlighted the risk of accidents from people failing to look where they are going, in addition to the general annoyance from blocked pavements and initiatives have been introduced in several countries to curtail the practice.A bill being debated in the US state of New Jersey has even proposed making texting while walking – or “distracted walking” – a crime punishable by a fine or even a short prison sentence.Earlier this year staff at Utah Valley University responded to the problem by the pragmatic – if tongue-in-cheek- introduction of a “texting lane” for phone-absorbed students in corridors and staircases.Similar schemes have even been tried in cities, although the first such reported case, in Philadelphia, turned out to be an April Fool.Jokes notwithstanding other cities followed suit including Antwerp in Belgium, where a network of designated text walking lanes were marked out through pedestrian areas across the city last year –partly as a publicity stunt for a local mobile phone company. Text walking lanes in AntwerpCredit:Mlab/Shutterstock/Rex They are the 21st century faux pas which irritate us all but have become a fact of life in the age of the smartphone.Yet if the sight of someone blocking the pavement by plodding along staring intently at a screen, bumping into passers-by while texting or braying loudly on a mobile phone in a confined space is enough to set your blood pressure racing, it might be time for a dose of self-examination.New research shows that, despite our indignation at the digital bad habits such as “text walking” we find most annoying in others, most of us are guilty of the same things.A survey commissioned by the technology firm Pitney Bowes found that almost two thirds of Britons (62 per cent) admit texting or typing while walking in a public place. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Credit:PA Earlier The National Geographic TV channel created a short text walking lane on a street in Washington DC as part of an experiment in crowd control and a 100ft stretch of an avenue in Chongqing, China, was also similarly designated.More seriously, officials in the German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian crossing lights at ground level earlier this year in hope of preventing distracted mobile users from wandering onto the road following the death of a teenager who had been hit by a tram.The research also gave an insight into the evolving concepts of internet etiquette.When given a choice of possible digital bugbears, seven in 10 people polled classed checking emails in a meeting as rude, compared with only half when a similar survey was conducted three years ago.Six in 10 counted sending emails while on a conference call as ill-mannered and a similar proportion (63 per cent) cited Checking texts during a business lunch as impolite, up from 45 per cent in 2013.