NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Cell phones are everywhere, but not everyone agrees on when it's acceptable to use them.
As sales of the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus break records, a nationwide survey conducted for TheStreet by GfK shows that Americans are sharply divided on how phones should be used at home, in the workplace and in public places like movies and restaurants. Not surprisingly, young people are much more tolerant of cell phone use than their parents and grandparents.
The survey shows, for example, that only 21% of respondents aged 18 to 34 think you shouldn't talk, text or browse on your smartphone while watching TV. On the other hand, 57% of those 18 to 24 and 63% of those 25 to 34 think it's OK.
Among those 65 and older, however, 46% disapprove of being on your phone while watching TV.
Often in work meetings, people pull out their phones to share presentations, important memos from the boss or the latest data -- all of which may shape the direction of the meeting. However, after the information is shared, people tend not to put their phones away, and instead text and browse the Internet, something both genders agree is unacceptable.