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Cell phone restaurant etiquette for teens (and adults!)

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Cell phone restaurant etiquette training for teens and adults is badly needed. The article “Brush Up on Your Restaurant Cellphone Etiquette (Please!)” from The Food Network cites the article, “Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone,” a recent headline on NPR’s The Salt blog.

The post stated that, as NPR put it, “a comparison of surveillance tapes from a decade ago and today showed that people spent so much time with their phones — texting, taking pictures and complaining about Wi-Fi connections — that the average party took nearly an hour longer to finish its meals and pay the bill.”

When I visit restaurants, I often see an entire family, children and adults, all sitting and staring into their cell phones. Here are my four top cell phone restaurant etiquette tips for teens:

Cell Phone Restaurant Etiquette for Teens

  1. Leave the cell phone at home (or locked unseen in your or your parents’ car).
  2. If you feel that you must have your cell phone with you, leave it turned off or on vibrate, hidden away out of sight in a pocket or purse.
  3. If your friends have their cell phones out, politely ask them to turn them off or on vibrate and put them out of sight. Explain that you want to spend quality time with them.
  4. If they won’t put away their cell phones, ask them to turn them off or on vibrate.  Then put the cell phones in a pile in the center of the table. The first one to grab their phone pays the bill.

 

The major issue I see in restaurants in regards to teens and cell phones is that if the teen is out with their family, the parents are normally setting a horrible example by being on their cell phones. My top cell phone restaurant etiquette tip for parents is to leave your phones off or on vibrate and out of sight the entire time. Meal time with your family is much more important than your cell phone.

Learn more cell phone restaurant etiquette tips in the article “Brush Up on Your Restaurant Cellphone Etiquette (Please!)“.

Do you have cell phone restaurant etiquette tips?

Kirt Manecke is the author of the award-winning books Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service and Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. Learn more about Kirt on his website.

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2 thoughts on “Cell phone restaurant etiquette for teens (and adults!)”

  1. Adults frustrated with attempts to inspire meaningful dinner conversations with teens – and teens feeling adults simply don’t “get” them – has been a hot topic ever since adults retired “children should be seen and not heard” mentalities. Cell phones have provided a simple solution to each side getting honorable human social needs met more easily. Unfortunately, in the same manner avoiding calculus class because addition is easier does not advance math skills, skipping calculus of social skills class results in same low competencies.. Respecting dinner hour as “class” worthy of commitment by all parties and turning off cell phones a great start. Reading a couple communication books that elevate quality of communication by all parties also essential for success. Thank you for your contribution with “Smile” Kirt! Got me smiling most assuredly!

    1. Hello Marlaine,
      Thank you for your comment. I agree with your comment, “Respecting dinner hour as “class” worthy of commitment by all parties and turning off cell phones a great start. Reading a couple communication books that elevate quality of communication by all parties also essential for success.” 100%! You are welcome. Thank you for your great book! Thank you again!

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