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Survey: People Can't Agree On What Cell Phone Etiquette Should Be

More than one in three surveyed said it was fine to talk on a cell phone in a restaurant, but there was less agreement on answering cell phones in a movie theater.

W. David Gardner

October 5, 2006

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A nationwide survey of cell phone etiquette has found little agreement on when and where it is appropriate not to make phone calls.

For instance, more than one in three surveyed said it is fine to talk on a cell phone in a restaurant, but there was less agreement on answering cell phones a movie theater.

Sponsored by Samsung Telecommunications America, the survey of more than 1,000 teens and adult users of cell phones, asked respondents to state their approval of cell phone behavior.

The most considerate users were in the Western region where some 65 percent of respondents said, "it's absolutely not appropriate to make or receive cell phone calls in questionable settings," according to the results of the survey.

From 53 to 58 percent of respondents in other U.S. regions said it wasn't appropriate to use their phones in questionable settings.

There was an age difference in the survey, also, with 79 percent of older Americans over 56 stating they are "extremely considerate cell phone users" while just 32 percent of teens said they were extremely considerate in their use of cell phones.

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