July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month, which serves as a reminder that while mobile technology has brought benefits and better moments to our daily lives, there are times when it may lead to unintended bad habits.
A recent Pew Internet study found that 74 percent of adults say they witness others using their phones in a loud or annoying manner in public "frequently" or "occasionally." Although most Americans (including most cellphone owners) have witnessed other people behaving in a loud or annoying manner using their phones, just 6 percent of cell owners say that they themselves have drawn criticism or dirty looks from someone else because of the way they were using their phone in public.
Here is a tip for improving cellphone courtesy:
Keep it confidential. With group texts and emails, plus apps that manage multiple social media accounts, it's worth slowing down and double-checking your texts, emails and social media posts before sending to avoid mistakenly posting or replying to a group with confidential or sensitive information.