What are American manners and etiquette

Study: Americans wrestle with smartphone etiquette

Mobile devices have conquered everyday life in the western world, and now the limits of conventional smartphone usage are reaching their limits. This is the result of a study by the Pew Research Center that examines the behavior and expected manners of Americans when using the permanent digital companion.

Constant presence

92 percent of adults have a cell phone and 90 percent of them think they have the device with them on a regular basis. 31 percent never turn it off, 45 percent rarely turn it off. The researchers believe that the constant presence of cell phones has destroyed social norms of acceptable use of the devices. After all, 82 percent feel that conversations suffer when they use a smartphone. 33 percent state that this can also have advantages for the conversation.

Women feel more strongly than men that the constant presence of cell phones at gatherings disturbs the group - 41 percent and 32 percent respectively agree. Unsurprisingly, there is also a gap in the age of the respondents; young participants in the study experience smartphone use in society with 29 percent less often than annoying, because older respondents over 50 with 45 percent. A look at the alter ego shows that 25 percent concentrate less on their fellow human beings in such situations.

Disruptive behavior

In the study, the researchers break down the use of smartphones into different categories - for example, reading e-mails, which is the most popular, answering calls or browsing the Internet, which ends up in last place. 89 percent say they've done at least one of the social activities recently.

Overall, a majority follows behavior that they themselves find disturbing. Accordingly, the question of motivation arises - and only 30 percent want to distance themselves mentally from the group, for example because they are bored or do not like the topic of the conversation. However, a full 78 percent want to enhance the gathering, for example by taking photos and videos or sharing activities.

Courtesy mode

According to the study, there is similar behavior in public. A large majority of 77 percent consider using the cell phone on the road to be okay, 75 percent say the same for local transport. The main focus is on navigating, coordinating a meeting and exchanging ideas with family and friends. Only 23 percent believe that they use their smartphone to avoid other people in public.

The representative study is based on 3217 adults, 3042 of whom have a cell phone. The researchers present details in an article. In Germany, too, many people get to the bottom of the digital in society. In other countries, however, a more rigorous etiquette has developed about the use of smartphones, so telephoning in Japanese public transport is reluctant and passengers receive messages with appropriate information on a "Manner Mode" (courtesy mode). (fo)

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