Survey Reveals Regional Mobile Phone Etiquette
A recent survey from US Mobile Phone Carrier, Cingular Wireless, reveals striking regional differences in what Americans believe is the proper and courteous use of cellular phones in public areas.
Southerners are most likely to disable their ringers when entering a church while Westerners are most likely to turn off their ringers before entering libraries, theatres, restaurants, and schools. Midwesterners are most likely to silence their phones when going into retail stores. New Yorkers disable their ringers most in libraries and hospitals. The national survey indicates that people are most likely to silence their cell phones in church and least likely to do so in retail stores.
V&L Research & Consulting Inc. conducted the telephone survey among 504 randomly selected cellular telephone owners and users. The survey has an error range of +/- 4.5%.
There are regional differences in the USA in attitudes about disabling a cell phone's ringer in public areas. Residents in the West are more likely to disable the ringing feature of their cellular phones while in libraries, movie theatres, restaurants, and classrooms or schools. People in the South are most likely to set their cellular phones to silent or vibrate or turn off their phones upon entering church.
When entering a business office or bank, cellular users in the Mid and South Atlantic areas are more likely to turn their ringers off. South Atlantic residents more frequently disable their ring feature when entering a museum or concert hall. Hospitals are more likely to be considered ring-free venues in the Mid-Atlantic, Mountain and Western states. Among those changing their ring options upon entering a retail store, most live in the East, North Central or the Mid-Atlantic states.
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