Most Americans say it is OK to use cellphones on public transportation and while walking on the street, but not at restaurants, in theaters, and during worship services, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.
The report was based on data from a nationally representative sample of 3,042 adult cellphone users in the United States.
Some 77% of respondents say it is socially acceptable to use a cellphone while walking, and 75% say it is OK to use one while on public transportation.
In contrast, most respondents do not think it acceptable to use cellphones during worship services (96%), in quiet places such as theaters (95%), during meetings (94%), at family dinners (88%), and at restaurants (62%).
Compared with older adults, respondents age 18-29 are much more accepting of cellphone use in public, with a higher percentage saying use is appropriate in almost every situation.
About the research: The report was based on data from a nationally representative sample of 3,042 cellphone users in the United States.