How many of you have taken your Blackberry™ out for dinner, or gone for a pint with your iPhone™?

I ask this as I have noticed – even in the short space of 12 months – people who are meant to be out socialising in pubs, clubs, bars restaurants and other activities are glued to their smartphone of choice more than ever before. I have lost count of the couples I have seen having a meal together or on a journey where no spoken words are exchanged, merely the loving union of simultaneous button-pressing.

Are you someone who just wants to be left alone for a romantic night out with your iPhone™, and stupid girlfriends and mates keep getting in the way?

Yes it’s some sort of social disease, in a doctor’s surgery you see people playing with them, in a restaurant they place their food order and less than a minute later, out comes the phone to fiddle with. Some people’s lives are ruled by them – I saw a young mother with one hand on a push-chair containing a baby, the othe hand and her attention concentrated on her phone, while a slightly older toddler supposedly with her kept wandering into a busy road!

7 Responses to “How many of you have taken your Blackberry™ out for dinner, or gone for a pint with your iPhone™?”

  1. sheetwowsheet says:

    Yes it’s some sort of social disease, in a doctor’s surgery you see people playing with them, in a restaurant they place their food order and less than a minute later, out comes the phone to fiddle with. Some people’s lives are ruled by them – I saw a young mother with one hand on a push-chair containing a baby, the othe hand and her attention concentrated on her phone, while a slightly older toddler supposedly with her kept wandering into a busy road!
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  2. Poppy says:

    people have choice whether or not to use their phone on a night out
    maybe they find there friends more interesting ,entertaining and amusing than their date
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  3. giginotgigi says:

    This is the Finland style. In Finland, people don’t talk much but communicate with messages, even they are sitting on the same branch.
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  4. Alfred says:

    I’m an old fart and won’t carry any form of mobile phone. Apart from the fact that they are a plague and lead to the kind of rudeness you describe, they are also a voluntary form of electronic tagging.
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  5. Odlid Deighton says:

    I’ve been noticing that for more like 12 years .

    I don’t have any such smart phone, my phone is unintelligent. I took it out for dinner and slept with it after the first date.

    If I went out for a pint with someone and they played with a mobile all night, the mobile would be in the pint.
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  6. Aneleh says:

    No I turn my phone off when in company,it is the height of rudeness answering a phone when you are in the company of friends, lovers or whatever . The worst case I have seen is when we took some friends and their daughters out to dinner, the parents had bought phones for their 9 year old daughters during the meal the girls continually phoned each other at the table both parents thought this was acceptable as they were playing together without arguing, so now we have phones as baby sitters: honestly I despair….

    Ps they were in spain at the time with english phones I hope the bill was extortionately high
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  7. Natalie H (Big In Japan) says:

    I am from the school of it being poor form to whip out your phone while you are in the company of someone else. Regardless of whether it is a Smartphone or not ;o)
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