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Is This the New Etiquette? Readers, Clue Joan In!

Joan JerkovichJuly 23, 2014

It was something I’d never seen before. It was a group of about 10 diners, all in their 20’s, who had placed their cell phones in a heap in the middle of the table while out to eat together.

They were a lively group, talking and laughing. And, I admit to eavesdropping because I heard one of the guys in the group tell, in graphic detail, about a sexual encounter he’d had. I was stunned! Also curious to me was that the girl sitting next to him didn’t flinch, where what I heard him say made me cringe!!

At the end of their meal, the cell phones got passed out to the group. I seriously thought about taking their picture because it was quite a sight to see all of them, heads bowed over their phones for a good 5 minutes or so, returning texts, or on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube??

They were so quiet and into themselves and their phones it seemed unnatural in a social setting. Yet, I’m sure a lot had happened in their world in the hour they were away from their phones!

Readers, clue me in!

I’d like to hear your comments. Is collecting cell phones when out to dinner with friends the new etiquette? Has off-color talk in mixed company become the norm? Post your comments to clue me in and start a discussion!

Joan Jerkovich, BCC Board Certified Life Coach

Joan Jerkovich, BCC
Board Certified Life Coach

The Joan Jerkovich Show
News Radio 1150 KSAL
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