Last week I had a guest via Couchsurfing and we had very interesting discussions which we continued over dinner. Both the discussions and the dinner were however interrupted each time my guest’s phone made a beeping sound. He acknowledged that it was impolite, he apologized and then he replied to the text messages he had received.
I began to think that my guest was slightly addicted to phones, an opinion which was fostered when my own phone began to ring. As all of you who have my number know, I usually ignore my phone. More and more calls on my phone went unanswered and my guest became visibly nervous until he took my phone, handed it to me and begged me to answer it.
It is strange to me why people prioritize the message of somebody miles away over the person with whom one is sitting at the same table.
My recommendation for meals, cinemas, church services, romantic walks and any other gathering is to turn off your phones. When A and B meet, why should C be allowed to interrupt them? Especially if C can leave a message to which A or B can reply later.
For those however who are too addicted to turn off your phones, I suggest the following rules when meeting for lunch or dinner: