Ask B: Is it ok to use your phone when when in the company of others?

 

Dear B,

Sometimes when I’m with family or friends I notice that people are on their phones, either texting or looking at social media. Sometimes I even find myself on my phone too because they are. I always thought it was best to put your phone away when in the company of others, however have things changed? 

Sincerely, 

C


 

Dear C,

I am passionate about this topic, and this is a question I am asked a great deal! When you are spending time with someone, from a fabulous brunch, to hosting guests at your home for the weekend, to a business meeting, to celebrating a birthday with a backyard bbq, be courteous and keep your phone (on vibrate) in your handbag or pocket. I encourage you to focus on being present and enjoy the beauty of every experience you have. If you are checking your phone every few minutes (likely scrolling social media or texts, am I right?), not only will you miss the magic of where you are, but you will also likely offend those you are with and send the message that your phone is your main priority. If you remember one thing from this post, remember this: etiquette is about kindness and respect for both yourself and others. Give those you are with your undivided attention, and I promise you will be so happy you did!

The one exception is that in the event you are expecting an urgent call, let whomever you are meeting with know, and kindly excuse yourself to take the call when the time comes. When you finish the call, place the phone back on vibrate and stow it away – out of sight and out of mind!

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