A new Yahoo survey finds that more than half of adults say it's OK to text in just about any social situation - including during family dinners, weddings, parties - and even while in bed with someone else.
Heather Cabot, Yahoo Web life editor, pointed out on "The Early Show" that the statistics showed the lines were drawn across generational - not gender - lines.
Cabot said, when asked about texting on a date, 44 percent of men and women over 35 said it was acceptable, while in the 18-to-24 age range, only 25 percent said it was acceptable.
"We didn't ask if this was a first date," Cabot said. "I think that may have made a little bit of a difference."
Among everyone surveyed, 69 percent said it is acceptable to text at a wedding.
"That is amazing to me," "Early Show" co-anchor Erica Hill said.
Cabot noted, however, in fairness, the survey didn't go into when the texting would occur, including the reception.
Additionally, 70 percent of people surveyed of all ages said it was acceptable to text while in bed.
"Most people today charge their cell phones on their nightstands," Cabot said. "Or they use it as an alarm. And maybe that's not a good excuse, but it's more common. You have your phone with you, so we feel like it's just acceptable to shoot off a quick text and answer."
She continued, "I think the biggest take-away is that we have to be responsible for our own behavior and recognize that some of this stuff really is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we are sending out texts at 11:00 at night, then we are asking people -- we're intruding on other people and if we are responding to them, as well, we are setting the tone. ... We need to look at our own behavior and be mindful and thoughtful of other people. And also look at the examples we are sitting for our own family. Maybe think about having a curfew for your phone. I know a lot of parents do that with teenagers. Turn in the phone at 8:00 and do that for yourself - have a blackout."