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  • Doris Yee

    I've fallen into the habit of possibly checking my phone when I'm in a big group of friends. But never would I even have my phone turned on if having dinner with someone one-on-one. However, it's true...fact-checking is a great way to add some richness to a dialogue - wikipedia is a great way to prove your point right (maybe even win points on a date). As a female, my phone is generally in my purse so I never feel or see it vibrate/light up. As a male, I can see this being difficult as you need to remove your phone out from your back-pocket and on a flat surface.

    • Keith Bormuth

      Haven't these devices become a kind of standard thing for certain groups of people? Especially with something like Instagram or Path or Foursquare, where what once was considered fetishizing the moment (infinite pictures of people's dinners) has become the fabric of some gatherings, a near compliment if you're keeping pace with your location, scene, and who you're with? Clearly if you're writing an email that isn't urgent or browsing the web, you're not present with the company you're with. But the affirmative side of an extension of social behavior should be stressed along with the negative with these gadgets ....