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

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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22 Comments

1. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Picture #3 - "Bich WTF!?"

2. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Whoops...

3. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

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

4. jlscott777

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

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

11. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

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

15. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

8. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

18. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

21. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

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

19. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

12. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 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

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Pulling out my phone on a date guarantees I will get laid. It's that Galaxy Nexus swag.

14. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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. :)

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

22. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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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