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:
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.