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Minding Your Digital Manners for Cellphone Courtesy Month

Consumers Sound Off in UScellular Survey on Inappropriate Places to Use a Phone

CHICAGO (July 1, 2023) – 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 okay to use their phone while on a date?1 In honor of Cellphone Courtesy Month in July, UScellular is sharing recent survey data and tips to mind your digital manners.

Cellphone Courtesy Month Dinner Graphic

Survey results included:

  • The place deemed most inappropriate to use your phone is in a place of worship – 64% of 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 is offering 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 on 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.   

1 Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 2022, a total of 1,000 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample of U.S. consumers between 18-41 years old by Consumer Insights, in partnership with PureSpectrum.

About UScellular 
UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2024. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com.