July 08, 2014 07:15 ET

Skout's Cell Phone Courtesy Month Survey Uncovers Shocking Mobile Phone Habits

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 8, 2014) - In recognition of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month (July), Skout, the leading global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, has surveyed more than 5,000 people to uncover the do's and don'ts of cell phone behavior in our mobile society.

"Mobile phones have become an incredible tool for us to connect with others, our community and the world around us, but as our survey clearly shows people need to be mindful of how their cell phone behavior affects those around them," said Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of Skout.

Skout's survey findings reveal the following Do's and Don'ts when it comes to cell phone behavior:

DO turn off your phone during sex!

  • 25% of men and 17% of women admit that they have actually checked for messages, or sent messages, during sex!
  • Almost half of all people (49%) have been interrupted by their mobile phone during sex.

DO know that your cell phone manners reflect on you as an overall person.

  • 67% of people say that your cell phone manners reflect your overall manners as a person.
  • 21% of people have actually ended a relationship with someone because they had bad cell phone manners.
  • 78% of people say they notice when someone has good cell phone manners (hooray!).

DO ask your friends if it is okay to tag them in pictures before you post.

  • 64% of people say that it is not okay to get tagged in photos on social media sites without their permission.

DON'T put your cell phone on the table when you eat at a restaurant.

  • 52% of people say you should not put your mobile phone on the table during a meal.
  • 70% of people confess that they are guilty of breaking that rule, though.

DON'T break off a relationship using your mobile phone.

  • 50% of people say someone else has broken off a relationship with them using their mobile phone.
  • Just for the record -- women are more likely to break off a relationship using their mobile phone. 48% of women admit to doing so vs. 39% of men.

DON'T try to have multiple conversations at once.

  • Skout's survey reveals that the worst breech of cell phone etiquette is "using your mobile phone while simultaneously talking to someone in person." (41%)
  • Other offenses include: talking too loud in public (34%); using a mobile phone during a meal (13%) and annoying ring tones (12%).

The survey was conducted online by Skout in June 2014 and fielded 5,617 responses among people who use Skout. 

About Skout
Skout is the largest global platform for meeting new people and expanding your social circle. The Skout community spans more than 180 countries and is available in 14 different languages. Skout is dedicated to providing a platform through which people can easily and safely connect. The Andreessen Horowitz backed company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Visit to learn more.

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