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:
Stop double dipping. Don't try to interact with service personnel while also on the phone. Give them the courtesy of ending the call before checking out, ordering, etc. Some restaurants and delis have even been known to refuse service or charge you extra if you're on the phone while ordering.