Did you know that 31% of people have reported walking into someone or something while on their phone? And 43% of people say it’s OK to use their phone while on a date? In honor of National Cellphone Courtesy Month in July, UScellular shares recent survey data and tips to mind your digital manners.
Survey results included:
· The place deemed most inappropriate to use your phone is in a place of worship – 64% consider that off limits.
· Only 53% of people believe sitting in a movie theater while on your smartphone is unacceptable, but that is trending up from 47% in January 2022.
· Less than half of consumers think cellphone use during dinner with family and friends (42%), while at a restaurant (23%) or while spending time with their kids (19%) is inappropriate.
UScellular offers the following tips to help smartphone users mind their digital manners:
· US Mode: Did you know your smartphone offers customizable settings that will help reset your relationship with technology? UScellular will now help you design your own US Mode settings, so you won’t be distracted by your phone at dinner or during other times when it is best to be courteous to those around you.
· Contain the noise: Sound can travel further than you think, which can create a negative experience for those around you. Set ringers and vibration patterns to low and be mindful of your own voice when you take phone calls or video chat. Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds or other types of headphones while you game, take a work call or stream content can help contain your digital noise.
· Watch your step: Don’t be the next person to walk into someone or something while on your phone. It is a good idea to stop walking, look up and be attentive when using a wireless device.