Cell phones are wonderful, but they shouldn’t take the place of the person you’re with, said Sheryl Trower, founder and president of the Etiquette School of Central Pennsylvania in Lititz.
Paying attention to the people you are with shows them respect and makes them feel comfortable.
“We’re so connected to our technology that we’ve forgotten our manners and respect for the person who’s in your presence,” she says.
Here are her tips for cell phone etiquette during meals.
- The phone has no place on the table. It’s presence, rings or vibrations is distracting. Keep the phone in your purse, pocket or even your car so you won’t continue checking it.
- If you are expecting an important call or text, tell the people you are with and put the phone on vibrate or silent and keep it within eyesight. When you get the call, excuse yourself and take the call in a private place.
- Don’t text under the table. You’re not hiding it from your guests.
- Don’t answer the phone underneath the table. Out of sight does not mean people can’t hear you.