We hope you’re not reading this article while dining out. If you are, chances are good that the person across from you is hating you right now. According to a recent study, only 28 percent of respondents believe it is acceptable to use your phone while eating dinner in a restaurant with others.
The survey, conducted by The Street, asked respondents if using a cell phone was acceptable or unacceptable under certain conditions. Some responses seemed pretty standard: Only 9 percent thought browsing your smartphone while watching a movie in the theater was all right, whereas 70 percent of those asked were cool with others being on the phone while watching TV (that still leaves a pretty uptight 30 percent).
But the restaurant-related responses were particularly intriguing. Of those surveyed, 69 percent called it “not acceptable to check messages or talk on the phone while eating with others in a restaurant.” Instagramming is conspicuously absent from the list of unacceptable behaviors though.