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Things you shouldn't be doing with your phone on a first dinner date

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Things you shouldn't be doing with your phone on a first dinner date
First dates, you got to love them right? Like seriously, there’s no other better way to get to know your date aside from sitting down with them over a quality dinner time date. With very little disturbance (hopefully), you can engage in some intellectual conversation to gauge the level of interest between each other. Lurking deep in your pocket, however, you might be distracted by your trusty smartphone, which as we know, probably helped you in some way in landing the date in the first place. Still, it might prove to be the deal breaker that might put the brakes on a possible second date.

By now, we hope that everyone is well aware about the proper etiquette behavior surrounding the use of mobile devices over dinner, but if not, we’ve got some things to share with you. Honestly, you don’t want to blow your chances on a second date, just because you somehow decided to whip out your phone during dinner. Therefore, the next time you find yourself in this specific predicament, just remember the things you shouldn’t be doing with your phone on a first dinner date. Also, if there are any other tips that you might think that are valid for this scenario, please feel free to share them with us below. We’re curious to know what else is out there.



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posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:30 9

1. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


Picture #3 - "Bich WTF!?"

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:32 2

2. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Whoops...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:47 3

3. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


You shouldn't even have your phone out on a date...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:50 6

4. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I think it is alright to have your phone, just do not turn it on.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:58 2

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Shouldn't, but sometimes it is unavoidable. There have been times when I had to be accessible after work hours (contract negotiations, for example). I mentioned the circumstance while setting up the evening and my date was cool with it. Phone was on the table with screen facing the tablecloth. Fortunately, it didn't go off, so no harm, no foul.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:05 2

9. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Do you want to get coitus or not? (Sarcasm!)
Bazinga!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:23 1

11. dcgore (Posts: 201; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


So you're the one this article was written about, huh!? Lol

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 11:58

15. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


"out while on a date" or "while out on a date"?

I assume you mean the first one and I'll agree that that statement.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 09:50 4

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats a first date.

my wife and I have had fun facebook posting wars while we were bored at dinner waiting for food. Its all in HOW you use your phone. You can also play games together like scrabble or words with friends.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:02 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


True that - if the phone is used to make the date an inclusive experience for your date (like scrabble or words with friends), it is a net positive. But when the phone acts to exclude your date, then it s a net negative.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:16

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Another example of how a phone can be inclusive - when I owned an EVO 3D, the 3D pictures were a novelty. I was on a number of dates where I would take pictures and then the phone was passed back and forth showing the 3D effect. It really is about whether the phone is used to include or exclude your date.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:03

8. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah, me and my girlfriend will play WWF a lot waiting for our food.

One time a guy actually walked up and said "I hope you two aren't on your first date" haha.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 12:25 3

18. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


I try to limit our phone usage while we wait for food cuz that's supposed to be a time to talk without distractions.

That's how I feel at least. She'll whip her phone out anyway lol.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 13:55

20. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


As long as she lets you whip something else out if ya know what i mean ;)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 22:54

21. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Oh yes, it gets whipped out and she gets whipped wit it lol.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 12:30

19. KParks23 (Posts: 443; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Who goes on a first date and goes hey lets play words with friends lmao.... Ur phone should be on silent and ur supposed to talk and get to know each other.. Now if u been going out yea words is cool i still wouldnt do it personally tho.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:34

12. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


yeah no, you shouldn't even pull out your phone on a date. Well, at least you shouldn't if you're trying to get laid

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 11:24 4

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Pulling out my phone on a date guarantees I will get laid.

It's that Galaxy Nexus swag.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 11:35 1

14. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


LOL!!! Good one!!! It's like saying: Size does matter...lol

Now, picture number 3 sadly happened to me. I got ticked off, paid the bill, told her I was going to the men's room and left.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 12:04 1

16. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I never thought of using my phone to flag down a server before. I think that's a great idea. I'll use the flashlight app to make sure I get their attention. :)

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 12:07

17. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Careful... you might come across as a snob...lol

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 01:21

22. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"Things you shouldn't be doing with your phone on a first dinner date"

Sexting? (Unless he/she[/they?]) are into that kinda thing ;-p)

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