Re: strange phone holding
I'm also curious about the phone infront of the face thing.
Recently I did a bit of searching around online for answers and found one suggestion that it's to prevent transfer of make-up from face to phone. This seems reasonably plausible given that I only recall observing females doing this. They could all have been Chinese from what I remember - is it something that originated there?
Given that when you see them they're in the middle of a conversation it's not the kind of thing you can stop and ask someone about. Maybe I could follow people and wait until they get off the phone then ask them. Too weird? OK, I'll stick to speculating about it on the Internet.