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playing sports, or playing a video game. Others said they turn their phones off when on
vacation, on holidays, when at church, or when at the dinner table. Still others said they
turn their phones off when in a bad mood, when feeling uncommunicative, or when
they are trying to avoid someone. Many teens in the focus groups viewed the decision to turn off their phones as a sign of
respect to those around them or to the setting in which they find themselves. As one boy
reported, "I don ’t use my phone at the table. Like I always sit down with [my parents] at
dinner because that ’s important to me. I ’m not into like completely blocking them off. I
like spending time with them and stuff." One high school girl, when asked if she
sometimes turns her phone off, explained, "It depends. It depends on where I am. In the
movies they ask you to turn your phone off and I only do that if it is like a really good Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 122 movie like Harry Potter or something or like if I ’m at a play that I like really want to
see. It ’s just . . . it sounds weird, but it...
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