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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.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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