Table Phone Talk: Do or Don't?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How do you feel about talking on a phone while having dinner with friends or family in a restaurant? Do you answer your phone or you always keep it silent during meals or coffee dates?

This morning, Balazs sent me this intriguing article about a little restaurant in Los Angeles. After realizing that their customers barely talk to each other anymore, the owners started to offer 5% discount for any customer who is willing to leave their phone with the receptionist for the duration of their meal. This way the husband and wife duo hope to help people reconnect again and enjoy a good laugh or meaningful conversation while having a great meal together.

The wife even added: 'Most people actually get really enthusiastic about the concept. I think people generally like the idea of being able to turn off their cell phones. They just haven't been given the opportunity to or thought about it.'

Personally, I love the idea! You? xo

P.S: And this great couple having a good time.

(Photos by Ricardo DeAratanha via Leader-Telegram and Barack Obama - Flickr)

21 comments:

Olivia said...

love love love this!!! We need to make a shift back to face to face relationships!

holtkamp said...

for me, phone at the table is a definite no!

erin said...

thats a brilliant idea!

Anonymous said...

This is a good one. My biggest pet peeve is when people talk on their phones while having dinner with family or friends. My husband does it sometimes and it drives me crazy..LOL. Jill

Amanda said...

I'm starting to become a lot more cognizant of having my phone at the table, and have started to leave it in the car if I'm out to dinner. It's kind of depressing to look around a restaurant and see people engaged in their phone screens and not one another.

Elizabeth Benfield said...

i think it is a fantastic idea!!!! personally i have a habit of checking the time on my phone a lot at a meal but i rarely ever text/talk and never check other things like facebook or email. i was at my parents house the other day and noticed my sister on her phone constantly and her toddler instantly wanted to phone as well. my dad stared at the tv so it was basically my mom and i eating a meal together. so sad.

Diana Mieczan said...

Olivia - "We need to make a shift back to face to face relationships" - I love what you said, spot on!

Diana Mieczan said...

Giggle, Jill! I have a friend how always talkes on her phone while having a coffee break with me...it drives me nuts sometimes too.

Diana Mieczan said...

Very true, Amanda and great idea about leaving your phone in the car!

ElsaD said...

What an amazing initiative, darling! Thanks for sharing! Of course, talking on the phone on a lunch date is so unpolite! xoxo

HiLLjO said...

I like it. We notice a lot of folks who tabletalk when we're on dates and it's like, hullooooo?!

Vintage Market Place said...

Yes, I have heard of restaurants starting this.
I am all for it.
So tired of hearing loud talkers discussing not only personal business but life. I remember one time a business man on the phone at dinner and thinking, good thing I am not his competition cus he just gave away all his secrets of the company, silly.

Amy

laurenjeanallece said...

I love that idea! I never take calls (unless I know it's urgent) but I do keep my phone nearby to take pictures of everyone at the table - I'm a habitual documenter!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I read that same article! I used to get on my pal's nerves bc I'd always scold him for using his iphone excessively around me. I'd say if that he could go hang out with whoever he was talking to as they were more important!!! haha He learned quickly.

I think it is true. Technology has allowed us to have infinite more opportunities to communicate.. But what about a good old fashioned conversation??

KristiMcMurry said...

That habit drives me bananas! I have given my fiance the evil eye several times for texting while we're out on a date. I think the 5% discount idea is brilliant. We need more people like that around :)

Punctuation Mark said...

I hate people who are on the phone when you're at the restaurant... So annoying!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Elizabeth Benfield, I know the feeling. My brother is always on the phone..hahaha

Diana Mieczan said...

Ha, Amy! So true. People talk so loudly and they are totally unaware that everyone can hear them.

Diana Mieczan said...

I love the picture taking part so much, Lauren:) I should do that more...

Diana Mieczan said...

Lisa, that is a great one! Good for you:)

Btw: I love this part: "Technology has allowed us to have infinite more opportunities to communicate.. But what about a good old fashioned conversation??"

- You are so right!

LyddieGal said...

I think on a date it is a definite no - but sometimes when you are out with other bloggers, some tweeting and instgramming is a must!

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