Yes, we are probably all guilty of spending way too much time on our phone. Look around and you will notice that everybody is staring at their phone and we are missing opportunities of living life to the full by being glued to the bright screen.
When it comes to dinner I encourage you to put it away, to focus on the marvellous human company you have with you. Give it a go, you will be surprised how fun life in the real world can be! Here’s some advice to get you started.
Cell phones should be turned off or placed in silent mode whenever you are in a restaurant.
If it is a fine dining restaurant, the cellular phone etiquette is to switch it off completely. It is quite rude to “keep watch on your cell phone” especially when you are in the company of others.
The less formal the restaurant, the more casual you can be with your cell phone.
Ideally, you shouldn’t answer your phone in the middle of dinner. If you did, tell your caller you’ll call them back after dinner. Return phone calls after dinner.
If you are at lunch on a workday, and your client or boss is calling, excuse yourself from the table when answering it.
If you really really have to talk at the table, do so quietly. Make it short and brief.
Most importantly, think about whether you really need your phone for the 30 minutes to an hour you are dining. Are you really that important that someone can’t wait for you call back?