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Cellphone Etiquette

This past April, Social Science Research Solutions surveyed 1,014 Americans about their cellphone use. The following is their findings.

Do you answer cellphone calls ...

Yes 18-49 


At movie theaters 15% 4% 11%
In restaurants
69% 45% 59%
At live performances (concerts, theater, etc.)
24% 6% 17%
At religious services
6%    3% 5%
In store checkout lines 
64%    44% 56%
In fast-food order lines
60% 37% 51%
In restrooms 50% 32% 42%
On public transportation 68% 35% 55%


Do you use your cellphone while driving?

  18-49 50+ Total
Yes 53% 29% 44%
No 46% 71% 56%

Do you text while driving?

  18-49 50+ Total
Yes 16% 1% 10%
No 84% 98% 90%

Do you favor or oppose allowing cellphone use on commercial airline flights?

  18-49 50+ Total
Favor 43% 36% 40%
Oppose 45% 47% 46%
Don't know/refused 12% 17% 13%


What is your level of tolerance when you encounter the following?
(responded “very annoying”)

  18-49 50+ Total  
Someone talking loudly on cellphone in public places 50% 61%     55%
Someone interrupting a conversation to take a call 34% 42% 37%
Ringing cellphone in a theater, library, meeting, etc 66% 75% 70%
Someone driving and talking on a cellphone   
45% 59% 51%
Someone texting while talking with you 42% 61% 50%


Survey of 1,014 adults age 18 and older conducted by SSRS April 14-21, 2010.


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