” If taking photos with your date, always be respectful our their privacy and ask for permission before posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Nowadays, it’s not unusual to have one’s phone handy on the table, easily within reach for looking up movie times, checking e-mails, showing off photos, or taking a call or two.
It’s a rare person who doesn’t give in to a quick glance at the phone every now and then.
Observe these cell phone etiquette tips while out on a date. It’s sad when couples are at a restaurant and are more interested in their phones than the person sitting in front of them. If you forget and it happens to ring, don’t ignore it and pretend someone else’s phone is ringing. 1) To take a picture with your date, 2) to show your date pictures of a family baby or pet, and 3) to find the answer to a perplexing trivia question that comes up in conversation. If you must take out your smartphone while on a date, always ask permission first.
If on a date with multiple couples, show the photo to everybody at the table so no one feels excluded. Say something like, “Do you mind if I take out my phone to _________?
A 2014 Nielsen survey found that the average American spends 11 hours on social media, and more than half of that time is spent looking at a smartphone or tablet. If you are expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your date ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in if discussing private matters or confidential information. Never put your phone (or your handbag, keys, sunglasses or anything you can’t eat) directly on the table.