Every Day, as I go out into the world, I see people of varying ages come and go. It rarely fails, as I warmly greet a person of the “newer” generation, I’m lucky to get a return nod or a quick smirk before their noses are buried deep in their cell phones, thumbs running rampant on the touch screen surface. In the past, I placed my confidence in the more "mature" generation, knowing my warm greeting would ((almost)) always be returned with a smile, and eye contact; throughout the entire interaction, pleasant or not, they were usually engaged completely.
As a member of the "mature" generation, I find myself sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of social faux pas , I once found offensive.....
Don't get me wrong.....
I still get irritated with the chronic cell phone-user; however, I personally am guilty of the same thing – . When I am at a restaurant with friends and everyone has their phone out and the silence takes over the table, I stare at the top of my friends’ heads, the awkwardness overcomes me and I find myself reaching into my purse digging for that electronic security blanket.....
So, rather ranting about my personal ideas about cell phone etiquette, I decided check in with the "Queen" herself, Emily Post.
Here are a few quotes of my favorite quotes from her website. “What about text messaging at the dinner table?” it was an easy answer – “It’s not good manners!”
“The guideline is that you do not text message when you are involved in any type of social interaction – conversation, listening, in class, at a meeting or, especially, at the dinner table. If you really need to communicate with someone who is not at the event – or at the table – excuse yourself and then return as soon as you can.”
And my personal favorite:
"If you're having dinner with friends and family, be with them"…..
Today, I Darlene, promise my friends and family to be with you as we meet to break bread, and I humbly request they extend the same courtesy to me.