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Something is coming. No, not winter -- although “Game of Thrones” is returning on Sunday. A far more sinister and widespread phenomenon is taking hold of our offices and workplaces: the Game of Phones.

The things we love destroy us every time, and our phones are no exception. According to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ 2013 Internet Trends report, we check our phones 150 times a day. Besides the lost productivity for the most zealous phone-checkers among us, our bad phone habits can distract everyone in our immediate vicinities, too.

This whimsical infographic from Workfront divides the modern workforce into one of seven houses, each corresponding with a bad phone habit. Sigils (sort of like tribal coats of arms, for those who don’t watch GoT) range from a toilet paper roll for the House of Awkwardness (did you know that 75% of adults have talked on the phone while using the bathroom?) to a figure with its head in the clouds for the House of Obliviousness (the average person speaks three times louder on the phone than they would in ordinary conversation).

It may not matter who sits on the Iron Throne, but by being a little more conscientious and aware of our call etiquette, the Game of Phones is something we all can win.

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Originally published Apr 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017

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