A US survey put an emphasis on the correlation between social norms and using your smartphone in public. The survey points out that using your smartphone in social gatherings may be rude enough to damage your relationships.
The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center and revealed that 82 percent of adult Americans believed that conversations in social gatherings were affected if people used their mobile phones in the meantime. Moreover, it was discovered via the survey that 92 percent of adults owned a mobile phone, while 9 out of 10 always carried it with them.
On the other hand, 89 percent of adults in America admitted to have used their cellphones during social meetings for texting, talking or for taking photos.
Pew’s director of Internet, science and technology research, Lee Rainie, explained that the survey’s aim was to prove and measure how technology was interfering with human interactions.
It is widely known that nowadays people prefer to take photos or even record a video during their get-togethers, as this was considered popular and probably their intention was to receive (positive) feedback on these recordings or photos they were used to post on social networks. The survey said this was available for approximately 45 percent of America’s general population.
Furthermore, 16 percent admitted to resort to their cellphone because they were bored during their social gathering, and they probably needed a distraction.
The Pew Research Center’s poll also pointed out that 77 percent of Americans considered using their cellphone while walking down the street to be socially acceptable. Moreover, some of the respondents said that it was OK to use it while waiting in line at supermarkets, for example, or while using public transportation.
Pew also noted that social etiquette has become a challenge, as people use their phones almost all the time.
However, there is solid proof that sometimes a person expressly needs to use their phone to search for information about where he or she is going, while 70 percent of poll respondents said they coordinated social gatherings with their friends via their device.
But, as something considered rude in the past nowadays is socially acceptable, people have become quite tolerant regarding the use of mobile phones in public, especially younger Americans.
Bottom line, it has become a general practice for people to use their smartphones while on public transit or while on the street, but if they used their device during a family dinner, according to 88 percent of respondents, this would be quite inadequate.
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