One of my pet peeves is the use of cell phones at the dinner table. According to a recent Pew Survey I’m in the majority, even among Millenials.
But norms are changing.
I can see the temptation to use cell phones in social situations. If I’m with a group of friends but not actively participating in the conversation at that moment, I might find it handy to use that time to check the latest scores, news headlines, or emails on my phone. This happens all the time, especially with young people, many of whom find it perfectly acceptable. But it’s incredibly annoying when I find myself sitting next to someone who’s playing games or checking Facebook while I’m engaged in conversation with another person at the dinner table. Maybe I feel snubbed? Is it too much to ask everyone to listen with rapt attention to every word at the table? Perhaps.
I might just have to get used to changing norms and attention spans.