The Travelin Man
Unless these are your dining companions, how does what someone else does in a restaurant (i.e. texting or playing games on their phone) affect your enjoyment of your meal?
It just ain’t good manners and ED – E – KIT!
Who wants to listen to their conversation about how their brother in law is runnin around on their sister. or the dog has diarrhea!
I find those same conversations distracting when they’re taking place between two people sitting at a table together with no phone in sight.
Exactly. A loud conversation is a loud conversation is a loud conversation – whether it is happening between two diners at the table nearest you or on a cell phone. The cell phone isn’t the problem, it is the obnoxious person speaking for all the world to hear.
However, if I choose to text someone at the dinner table – not something I am prone to do, but given most people’s reliance on technology, it could be that the text is with someone who is planning to meet our group – the only people who are the least bit affected by it are those with whom I am dining.
I am sure Miss Manners appreciates those that uphold 50-80 year old etiquette standards, but it was one of those old fogey singers – think his name was something like Bob Dylan – that said “the times they are a-changin’.” No one is asking you to partake, but it is none of your business what someone else is doing (reasonably quietly) at their own dinner table…in public or not.