Texting at the dinner table...

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Texting at the dinner table...

BlooJay BlooJay
How do you feel about texting at the dinner table (either at home or eating out at a restaurant)?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I think it's okay to do.
Missmarc
1  (1%)
I think it's rude.
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48  (70%)
Other
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20  (29%)
Total votes: 69
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03/07/2012
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Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
I voted other because I think it depends. Ive texted at dinner before and ive been at dinner with others who text personally it doesn't bother me if its just a vfew texts here and there. However if they are texting the whole time I think that is rude.
03/07/2012
Hibangel Hibangel
I dont eat at a dinner table very often. Only special occasions, so I guess it would be rude, unless you're contacting someone who was expected and is late or something.
03/07/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I have a little game I've instituted for when I'm out to dinner with a group of people. We all put our phones face down in a stack in the middle of the table--whoever touches their phone before the meal's over pays for dinner.


Makes you reconsider how important that text REALLY is.
03/07/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by BlooJay
How do you feel about texting at the dinner table (either at home or eating out at a restaurant)?
Overall it is incredibly rude in my opinion. Unless you have good reason to be texting as in something relatively important rather than (like oh mai gawd I painted my toe nails *giggle*) then put your stupid phone away and return back to reality.

It really just depends on who you are with, and the situation. I don't care so much if it's at some cheap restaurant and you are with some friends who also like to text. But if you are trying to have a conversation and the person just keeps messaging on there phone and replying to you with "uhuh" that is the most annoying. Not only do you sound stupid and uneducated with that "uhuh" like some sort of text zombie, but you obviously don't care enough about the person you are with to have a face to face conversation.

Okay end rant....Sorry I have had a lot of experience in the last couple of weeks with people allowing texting to take over their lives. I'm just sick of trying to have a conversation with someone that is consistently glued to there phone. Then the next day when you ask them about what you talked about, they have no clue whats going on. FAIL!
03/07/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I have a little game I've instituted for when I'm out to dinner with a group of people. We all put our phones face down in a stack in the middle of the table--whoever touches their phone before the meal's over pays for dinner. ...
That's a great idea!

I think texting during dinner is very rude. Our children are not allowed to text during dinner. You can see them chomping at the bit when their phones make noise while we're eating. But, it's family time. Unless it's an emergency, no phones while we're eating.
03/07/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
That's very rude and would get on my nerves. I won't allow it when my kids are older.
03/07/2012
CarnoleBella CarnoleBella
Grrr. I hate this! Texting at the movies is even worse.
03/07/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I put other because while I think it's rude I am very guilty of doing it. I am attached to my phone and if I put it away longer than fifteen minutes I get the jitters. lol
03/07/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I have a little game I've instituted for when I'm out to dinner with a group of people. We all put our phones face down in a stack in the middle of the table--whoever touches their phone before the meal's over pays for dinner. ...
Ha! That's a great game!
03/07/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
I find it rude!
03/07/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
If it's just my husband and I, we don't really care if the other texts during dinner. If we're out with friends for a casual meal (place your order at a counter and then find a table) it's not a big deal. At Denny's it's not a big deal. If we're at a family dinner or a nice restaurant, the phones go on silent and don't come out until we're on our way home.
03/07/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by BlooJay
How do you feel about texting at the dinner table (either at home or eating out at a restaurant)?
If we sit down for a nice family dinner, I don't text.
03/07/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
Quote:
Originally posted by Secret Pleasure
I voted other because I think it depends. Ive texted at dinner before and ive been at dinner with others who text personally it doesn't bother me if its just a vfew texts here and there. However if they are texting the whole time I think that is ...
Same here.
03/07/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I'm in the middle. I will agree with others have said. It really depends on the situation. I think I do a lot more checking and not responding until once everyone is done with there meal.
03/07/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
It bothers me. Unless there is a serious reason you need to stay tethered to your phone, I don't think its appropriate to have it out at the dinner table. I have younger siblings who do it, and it drives me bananas. I like proper table etiquette, and while not every meal is a multi-fork, black tie event, it's still a time for eating with and talking to people in front of you, not over the phone.

But, I'm the kind of person that doesn't really like having a cell phone. Yes, there are plenty of responsible reasons why I do have one, but it doesn't mean I have to enjoy it.
03/07/2012
Mwar Mwar
It depends on where or if someone is expecting something important. If you're waiting for good news, I'm not going to complain. Maybe once and that's fine too. But I better be seeing you face more than the phone.
03/07/2012
indiglo indiglo
I hate this new texting mentality. I know people who never put their phones down, and honestly never seem to stop texting. Even when they're out with other people. I try not to ever text in a social situation, it's just plain rude. If I really have to for any reason, I prefer to excuse myself from the table and do it.
03/07/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
It annoys me that people can't take 5 minutes without having to be connected, and 99% of what they're doing isn't the slightest bit important.
03/07/2012
js250 js250
Not allowed at our house. It is a seriously rude offense. If we are out to dinner with friends or family members, we will excuse ourselves so they can get back to the person that they are texting..there is no reason to be tied to your phone 24/7.
03/07/2012
Azule Azule
Usually I think it's pretty rude too, but if it's an emergency then probably fine. I only do it when I'm out with my friends though and there's a break in whatever we're whatever we're talking about.
03/07/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Even as an avid fan of texting I consider it rude unless it happens to be some sort of emergency.
I can be in the middle of a texting marathon with my bf and I will put the phone up until dinner is over no matter what.
03/07/2012
Interesante Interesante
I think it really depends on the situation and what kind of dinner table it is. If it's a casual outing with close friends to McDonald's or something and no one is currently talking, I'd find it much more acceptable than at a fancy French restaurant.
03/07/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I have a little game I've instituted for when I'm out to dinner with a group of people. We all put our phones face down in a stack in the middle of the table--whoever touches their phone before the meal's over pays for dinner. ...
I love you.

I consider it rube. Maybe be because I almost never text. I would aways win the above game.
03/07/2012
Beck Beck
I think it is rude, but I am guilty of doing it too. I try to answer all my texts when they come, if that happens to be dinner time then so be it. I don't if I have people over though.
03/07/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by BlooJay
How do you feel about texting at the dinner table (either at home or eating out at a restaurant)?
i will often comment on it, if it happens more than say twice quickly. it's definitely rude. i think it's rude to text when you're with other people period. it's like you're talking behind their back, secretly.
03/07/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Jaimes
It bothers me. Unless there is a serious reason you need to stay tethered to your phone, I don't think its appropriate to have it out at the dinner table. I have younger siblings who do it, and it drives me bananas. I like proper table etiquette, ...
"But, I'm the kind of person that doesn't really like having a cell phone. Yes, there are plenty of responsible reasons why I do have one, but it doesn't mean I have to enjoy it. "

same here! i 100% agree.
03/07/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
i will often comment on it, if it happens more than say twice quickly. it's definitely rude. i think it's rude to text when you're with other people period. it's like you're talking behind their back, secretly.
I agree 100%. I have a friend, who for whatever reason, always seems to receive a long involved "You must talk to me right now!" phone calls from her sister in law every single time we eat dinner at their house. Her sister in law is a trouble making pain in the ass, and doesn't even live in our state, and I can see my friend trying to "Nicely" get off the phone. But, if it were me, I'd simply tell the biotch, "I have people over. I'll call you tomorrow." I don't use the phone when I have guests, hell, I call patients back AFTER my guests have left. (unless someone is near death, which isn't common in my chosen field) And the stuff the SIL needs to "know right now" is always minor shit that could easily wait.

Maybe I'm being sensitive because we are going there for dinner TONIGHT and I know that SIL is going to call her for a nice long rant, right as we sit down, and she NEVER puts her foot down and does anything, but then again, neither does her husband, he's too busy stuffing his face to even notice she's gone from the table until their son spills something.....

I think, unless you're waiting for your biopsy results or waiting for the kidnappers to call with ransom demands, turn you damn phone OFF when you are with people you care about at dinner!
03/07/2012
corsetsaurus rex corsetsaurus rex
I think texting is awful everywhere, and should not be conducted anywhere you cannot be on the phone talking, with the notable exceptions of equally horrible low-customer-risk jobs. I am very guilty of texting to keep awake when taking drive-thru fast-food orders for more than a couple hours at once...
03/07/2012
Nora Nora
I really think it depends on what's going on. When we go out, we generally sit and play Words with Friends and/or occasionally chat with others via txt message or yahoo on our phones while we wait for our meal. Not to say we completely ignore each other though, we also engage in conversation while we are busy on our phones!

However, if we are out with other people, the phones stay firmly in our pockets. We want to enjoy our time with whomever we are with!
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