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:
No more walking blind. Smartphone users know how to multi-task, but be careful while texting, tweeting and talking while walking. Apart from not crossing streets while looking at your phone, pay attention to your surroundings so you’re not blocking someone’s way or inadvertently bumping into someone.