Is it bad manners to check your smartphone when you are having lunch with someone?

@ourlot (995)
June 17, 2016 11:26am CST
Is that really bad to read your messages, or at least to take a peak at them, when having lunch or dinner with someone?
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8 responses
@akalinus (15020)
• United States
17 Jun 16
I think so. You are announcing to your companion that whatever is on the phone at the moment is more important and more interesting than they are. If you are with someone, pay attention to them.
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@akalinus (15020)
• United States
17 Jun 16
@coffeebreakwhatever I hate it when I go out to eat with my son and he has his face stuck in the phone. it tells me he only wants me around to pay for the food. I am sure that is not the case but it sure feels like it.
@trivia79 (7918)
• El Segundo, California
17 Jun 16
no it's not. unless your with very conservative people.
@Porcospino (16576)
• Denmark
17 Jun 16
I think that it depends on the situation. If I am having lunch with somebody and the person constantly exchanges text messages with someone else instead of talking to me I would find it rude. If they explained that they were waiting for an important message I would be okay with it. I would only check my own phone if it was really important and I would explain why.
• United States
17 Jun 16
It would not be rude if you asked to excuse yourself should it be something important
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
17 Jun 16
Yes it is.
@TheHorse (63711)
• Pleasant Hill, California
17 Jun 16
I think it is. Even some of my adult friends do it. I say, "I can wait." I refuse to talk when I'm not being heard. What do you think?
• United States
17 Jun 16
It depends who you are eating with. My boyfriend doesn't mind especially if it's an important text message.
• India
17 Jun 16
I think yes, It is bad to check mobile when having food.