do you bring your iphone to dinner?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


(totally unrelated photo)

A little while ago we talked about checking our cell phones first thing in the morning, and I loved reading all of your thoughts! As it turns out, must of us do check our phones first thing in the morning, and most of us are trying to change that habit.

This got me thinking more and more about cell phones, and how I can be more conscious about using mine. One of my favourite yoga teachers, Jessica Stickler, says that she doesn't bring her cell phone with her when she goes for dinner with someone.

I have to say that I hate it when I go out for dinner/coffee/a drink with a friend and they keep their phone on the table the whole time. It makes me feel like they're just hanging out until a better option comes along. Of course, I am totally guilty of doing this as well but I'm trying to change.

For now, I'm trying my best to put my iphone on silent when I'm with friends. I've noticed that this helps me to feel more present and much more connected with the person I'm spending time with.

So I'm curious, do you have any of your own iphone-rules? Do you bring your phone out to dinner, or leave it at home?

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24 comments:

  1. I got my phone stolen a month ago, and ended up with my old LG phone, that only provides calls and texting. I realised that suddenly my phone didn't have the same appeal without all the social networks and emails coming through.
    My phone used to be literally stuck to my hand, and now I forget it ALL the time, which is SO liberating and refreshing.
    My own little phone rehab! Since then I actually find it very rude when people use their phone during a meal, when I used to do it all the time...!
    Times change!
    xx

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  2. My friend and I were just talking about this! I don't have a smartphone, so I get really bitter when others are constantly scrolling through theirs when we're hanging out. I'm hoping it will make me more considerate when I finally get one!

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  3. i bring mine.
    awful habit.
    i really really hate it

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  4. I have been guilty of checking my phone during dinner, Since it was brought to my attention a couple of months ago I have made sure it's turned to silent (or *gasp* off!). It helps to make me more present and involved.
    I also don't answer calls during work hours or while I'm at uni...although I do check social media sites and blogs - especially this little port. I like to think of it as sourcing inspiration rather than socializing and procrastination :)

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  5. I'm actually notorious for not answering my cell phone. Ever. It gets me into so much trouble, especially with my husband. LOL! I guess I have the reverse problem.

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  6. ah now i am thinking back to every meal i've spent with my phone on the table. bad bad melanie. i need to stop that!!

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  7. I've never been into having the latest tech gadget. My mobile phone is with me for other people to get in touch with me, but the reasons they want to get in touch with me doesn't affect me. Like FB statuses.

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  8. i bring my phone with me everywhere, but more for safety/emergency issues. if i'm talking with someone or out to dinner/coffee/anything, i'll put it on silent and in my purse. i think it's rude when people are trying to converse with you and all you can do is check your phone...granted, i've done it a few times too, but most of the time i just put my phone away. the messages will still be there in an hour anyway.

    xo,
    kristyn
    organicgrey.blogspot.com
    (ps. i changed from wordpress to blogger, follow me at my new address above! :)

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  9. I bring mine everywhere I go! Even when I'm having coffee or dinner with friends. But I don't bring it out when I'm having a conversation or I excuse myself for doing so.

    I find it very distracting when my friends text or check their Facebook while conversing! I also think it's really bad etiquette.

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  10. I bring mine everywhere I go! Even when I'm having coffee or dinner with friends. But I don't bring it out when I'm having a conversation or I excuse myself for doing so.

    I find it very distracting when my friends text or check their Facebook while conversing! I also think it's really bad etiquette.

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  11. I just recently got an iphone and I'm becoming more and more addicted to it... ahhh! why can't I use a little self control. :\

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  12. I always try to remember to bring my cell (sometimes I forget it...) just in case there's an emergency, problem, etc. My iPhone's also super handy with directions, etc. I do, however, always try to make sure it's off when I'm spending time with others. Quality, not quantity, counts for me so I try to extend that to those around me. The only exceptions are when I'm expecting a SUPER important call and, unfortunately, if the person I'm with is tech-ing out on me and I'm sick of it I'll take my cell out and start using it too... It's kind of a "I give up" and "See how this feels?" thing all at once.

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  13. i'm definitely guilty of this! i'm a bit addicted to instagram lately!

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  14. How can we not? Both me and Fiance are INSTRAgrammers and our dinners MUSt be posted online for some reason. Hehe, I know, silly. iPhone with us everywhere.

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  15. i definitely stuff mine deep into a pocket of my purse, or at least try to! and i definitely never answer phone calls during an outing! if there is downtime, or someone goes to the bathroom... i can't help but check! whoops.

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  16. A more relevant question is where I don't bring it. I rarely use it while out to dinner though. My data plan is too slow to make it worth it except for calls and texts. But I need to stop using it so much at home. I'm constantly on the stupid, addictive phone checking the news or facebook and bloglovin. I even watch tv on it while I eat breakfast since we don't have a tv. Gaaaah. I'm brainwashed

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  17. being a server, i notice ALL THE TIME the habits of people and their phones. it's frustrating since i've actually seen 4 people sit down at a table and instantly 4 iphones were on all 4 corners.
    rules:
    phone OFF while i'm sleeping or in movies.
    SILENT every other time. i never have sound coming out of my phone. i think it's disrespectful to your coffee date, who you're having dinner with. everyone. and it's too distracting.
    thanks for sharing! xo.

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  18. Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl, I'm stalking from Gentri's blog based on the fact that you go on all these adventures.. and now you get annoyed by the phone on the table too..

    sold. i'm sold.

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  19. I'm so guilty. So guilty. And I'm trying to be better, too! I do pick up my phone first thing in the morning because I do my morning devotion before I get out of bed... but I need to work on setting aside one time (only one!) during the day to check my email... and not check it again after I've got it once! So bad about checking it once an hour or so.

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  20. I quickly glanced at this post this morning before rushing out the door to meet a friend for lunch, so when said friend pulled her phone out at the restaurant, it got me thinking. I think she is one of the very few people I'd excuse from using her phone, because she has a ridiculous amount of pressure coming at her from every angle. Anybody else, I'd probably rather they didn't.

    After I lost my phone recently, and was completely disconnected from the world for a week and a half, I realised that we miss out on a lot of actual socialising time or quiet time or whatever else by having our multitalented phones on us 24/7. It was a strange feeling... Rhi xx

    The Wildest of Dreams

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  21. Guilty. Especially as a food blogger I find myself profusely apologizing all the time. Something to think about for sure...

    Kacie

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  22. I'm so guilty of the phone-on-the-table thing. I'm going to make a conscious effort to stop doing that now. This post has inspired me! I'd hate a friend to feel like they come second to my phone!

    Great post :)

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  23. People constantly typing away on their smart phones is my BFFs biggest pet peeve. She's the only person that when I'm around her I get hyper-conscious about my cell phone usage!

    xo
    Quiet Luxury


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  24. I don't have a smart phone yet, but I agree that they can be a big problem if boundaries aren't put on them. Internet use of all kinds has hurt so many people. I'm glad you are talking about this Gaby!!!
    I have been very disciplined with Madelynn and making sure she has good boundaries, I mean I barely let her use her phone when we are in the car together, because that is good chatting time! I do plan on getting my hubby's iphone 4 in Sept. when he gets the new one, so I'll have to be very thoughtful about not checking it first thing in the morning! For IG I use his first iphone for just a camera;)

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