Good Food Blog
Rude foodPosted at 11:30AM, 22 January 2010 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
In my opinion, phones and eating go about as well together as drinking and driving. So I was a bit shocked when my friend had a long chat on her mobile at the end of lunch in an Italian restaurant. After an unneeded trip to the bathroom to try to while away the time, she was still talking, and I was starting to feel annoyed.
If you have to take a call when you're eating out, I think the least you can do is take it away from the table, and try to keep it brief. But recently I've noticed the presence of mobile phones sitting on the side of the table is almost as common as the salt and pepper.
You're really not fooling anybody into thinking they have your full attention
Some people might think that sending some discreet texts under the table is excusable, but I'd like to point something out - fiddling around and staring into your lap looks a bit strange, and you're really not fooling anybody into thinking they have your full attention.
I've got one male friend who let out an unexpected shriek halfway through dinner, which was fairly alarming until I realised it was a reaction to his iPhone football score update.
And I don't think he is the only one who finds it hard to switch off... if no-one can remember the name of last year's Big Brother winner, iPhones are whipped out by their tender-eyed owners to demonstrate their instant speed and cleverness.
Some have been known to give a live Twitter feed on the merits of each course of their meal. It's almost as annoying as having a chat with a friend in a bar, while her eyes fervently dart around behind your head on the lookout for an attractive man... it's not multi-tasking at its best.
I know that nowadays it's difficult for people to disconnect themselves from the online world, but if it's at the expense of losing connection to the very real, social world around you, I'm not sure it's worth the price.