Restaurant Etiquette Survey: More Than Half Would Consider Parting With Cell Phones

A Los Angeles restaurant has recently implemented a new policy that allows customers to receive a 5% discount on their bill by leaving their phone with the receptionist during their entire meal. Cell phone use has been a major issue for those concerned with restaurant etiquette, so could a policy like this catch on at more businesses? Are customers interested in the discount and how do they feel about cell phone use at the dinner table?

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Restaurant Customers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 2% of respondents said they eat at restaurants daily, but 13% said they eat at restaurants a few times per week, and another 22% said they eat at restaurants about once per week. 19% said they go out to eat a few times per month. 18% said they go about once per month. And 24% said they rarely go. Only 4% said they never go out to eat.

Restaurant Etiquette

Just 9% of restaurant goers said they often use their cell phones while they’re out to eat. 26% said they sometimes use their phones at restaurants, and 34% said they rarely use their cell phones at restaurants. 31% of restaurant customers said they never use their cell phones while out to eat.

23% of restaurant goers said that someone they were with has used their cell phone at a restaurant, and they found it rude. 59% said that they have been with someone who has used their cell phone at a restaurant, but they didn’t mind. And 17% said they’ve never been with someone else who used their cell phone at a restaurant.

Discount Policy

As for the new policy being implemented in one California restaurant, 18% of respondents said they would definitely leave their cell phone with a hostess for the length of their meal to receive a 5% discount. Another 27% said they would consider doing so. 16% said that they would consider leaving their cell phone behind for a larger discount. And 40% of respondents said they would not part with their cell phone for a meal.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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Results were collected on August 17 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.