Smart phones. Are they always so smart?
I noticed the hosts of the CBS show The Talk all had their smart phones out on the table last week. I understand they want to include viewers in the opening chat, but it seemed a bit distracting to me.
A friend works with the show, so I asked her about it.
When I’m talking with someone in person, I like to know they are listening. When we’re speaking with someone online or over the phone, we really have no way of knowing how much attention they are really giving us. In person, you can tell when someone is half-listening.
Because much of my work in public relations involves social media relations, I am highly connected online throughout the day. So are many of my friends who are also moms working in social media. I asked them how they feel about the use of smart phones during meals.
Jo-Lynne Shane owner of Musings of a Housewife, “I think it’s okay AS LONG AS you’re not glued to it. It also depends on the company. When I’m out with bloggers, I always have it out. If I’m with family, or friends who aren’t as ‘connected’ I will usually put it in my bag and only take it out to Instagram my meal. (Bloggers relate). I try to teach my kids to keep theirs put away during meals. I don’t let them play on devices at the table while we wait for our food at a restaurant – much to their chagrin.”
Oops, my husband and I actually do sometimes let our kids play an online game using our smart phones or we’ve been known to take our iPad in with us for this very purpose. Not during the meal. But sometimes they become bored with the coloring pages and my husband and I like to download our day. We also hope it keeps them occupied enough not to distract other diners.
Dining at home is a different story. I don’t like having the devices on the table.