Thursday, October 1, 2009

No texting at dinner!



Read the following article and comment about your feelings.

No texting at dinner! Parenting in the digital era by AP: Yahoo! Tech

21 comments:

Kevin Zakrzewski on October 2, 2009 at 8:17 AM said...

My parents don't really have any rules for texting, it's just understood to use common sense. If we're at a relative's house or something and it's just downtime, I don't see anything wrong with it. If I'm talking to someone and I get a text, I just wait until I'm done talking and then read/reply to it.

The perspective everyone seems to look at this from is that texting and IMing is an interruption to communication, when in fact it is just another aspect of communication - when used appropriately.

luke meyers on October 2, 2009 at 8:27 AM said...

along with Kevin Zak. my parents really dont care most of the time; if i text at the table but its more of a personal manners thing i beleive. i mean if your on a date. you dont jsut whip out your cell phone and talk or txt. other parents may disagree. but again one should just have good table manners.

Kasey on October 2, 2009 at 8:29 AM said...

I agree with the article to a point. I find it rather rude to pull your cell phone out at the dinner table. Especially if you are out to eat at a restaurant with your family. You don't need to be on your cell phone at all times, but at the dinner table is the last place you should have it out at. My parents have never specifically said no texting at the table, but I just don't do it because I find it inappropriate. On a second note, I don't think that the computer restrictions are necessarily a necessity. One of my big pet peves is when someone is standing over my shoulder reading what I am doing on my computer. I like my personal space. It's not that I am doing anything wrong on the computer or anything, it is just the fact that I don't like people looking over my shoulder.

Caitlin Wilson on October 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM said...

I do agree with this article to a certain extent just as Kasey said. My parents haven't really given me rules for texting though, because I think they know it's common sense. If it's time to eat and its some what formal, like sitting at the table, then I don't text but if everybody's in front of the TV I don't see a problem with texting while I eat. With family gatherings, it depends I guess, my parents don't really say "put your phone away." The main rule I have is not to text at bed time or whatever. I think watching over your child while they are on the computer is a little harsh because if you know they are being responsible and trust them why do you need to watch them?

Kyle Eby said...

In my house we don't really have any rules on texting. it is just something that you should know not to do. unless it is an important message and you know it and have to read it. Like Kevin said its just common sense. If you get in trouble then that's your fault you should know better.

Paige Stevens on October 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM said...

I don't text while I'm at the dinner table eating with my family. But if I'm just eating lunch by myself, then I will do it. At family get togethers I sometimes text if we aren't doing anything. But if we're talking or doing something special I don't text. I think that privacy is a big thing. And I wouldn't like it if my parents monitored my computer. Because that is taking away my privacy.

Douglas on October 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM said...

I don't really have any rules for texting. I just don't answer my phone or text while eating dinner because I think it is really rude so I just wait till I'm done eating. When I'm done eating I would reply back who ever text me. The computer rule, I agree with what Kasey said. I don't like people looking at what I'm saying or looking over my shoulder.

Dustin Ross said...

My mom hates when i have my phone out during dinner, but my dad doesn't care. Most of the time the phone rings during lunch anyways. I think parents going through their kids texts or computer conversations or even internet history is too harsh.. They need to give their child/children space. Sometimes time limits on the computer are necessary... I used to play on the computer all day every day whenever I could.. And I hated my mom telling me I had to get off of the computer. But, all in all, it was a good thing that she did.

AnahiPerez on October 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM said...

Although I'm really addicted to my phone and I can't be without it I don't think is a good idea to be texting at the dinner table, because some people might not feel comfortable eating while somebody is texting, sometimes my mom gets mad at me and tries to take my phone away because I'm always texting or talking on the phone, but sometimes you are really used to it that you can't do nothing about it.

Robert Binder on October 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM said...

My dad answers his phone perhaps two or three times during dinner, and for usually five minutes. He can understand if I'm at home and texting. Going to visit family for a get-together is a time where I choose to either turn my phone off or ignore it altogether - at times I answer at my own risk, yes. Common sense helps greatly land consider the consequences, good or bad.

Misty on October 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM said...

I do agree with this article because cell phones are very distracting. It does seem to me like our minds get taken over by the fact of "Oh, Someone's texting me!" like it's something that never happened before. Plus i think it does mess with our communication skills. For one if we were too into the conversation we are having through texting rather then listening and paying attention to the ones around us, this could lead to many problems socially. Rules are needed but parents don't need to become obsessed with the fact that their kid is texting and shouldn't be. I think that parents would become a little over controlling on this issue but certain rules are still needed.

Ron said...

well at my house you cannot text during any meals or if you are talking to your parents or anybody else. Really i find this just a way to be polite and respectful.

Eric B said...

I think there are guidelines with texting while eating dinner with family. Respect towards them isn't shown if your texting and not paying attention to them. Someone before the age of cellphones such as a grandparent might be offended.

Erin Gotschall on October 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM said...

At our house I don't text while we're eating supper if we're eating as a family. But if we're all kinda on our own eating I'll text. At family get togethers, I limit my texting a lot. But it seems when I get together with my cousins, whom I don't see very often, they're all texting too. So we all kinda text and talk to each other. My parents sometimes will remind us to put our phones away but we know not to already. I think if there's a reason to be worried about what the kid is doing on the computer then it's alright for monitoring it. I don't really care if my mom looks at what I'm doing on the computer but sometimes when I'm on email and what not I really like to be the only one reading my computer.

Shaleena's Blog on October 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM said...

My Parents don't care about texting but when i run the bill up well that's a different story. I hate texting in general as it is, because why text when you can call the person most of the time. I think texting is only good for one reason. Which is if you cant talk to them at the moment then text.

Ice's frozen pics on October 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM said...

I agree with this article it can be very distracting. The most common thing is texting it gets our attention and leads us away from the world and we sit there in a phase barely paying attention to anything.

Markus' Blog! on October 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM said...

In this article it sounds almost like a crime to text at dinner.

When someone texts me at dinner I usually read it but answer when I'm done with eating. My parents never mentioned that so I guess it doesn't bother them.

Kelsey Mundhenke on October 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM said...

I think that the responsibility of having a cell phone also comes with knowing when and when not to use it. I personally don't think that texting at a casual dinner is that bad; however, if its at a family function it is rude to be on your phone the whole time. I also think its very rude to be having a conversation and pull out your phone and start texting. I think people should just use common sense when using a phone.

Darik Fox said...

My parents don't really have any rules for texting. They both text and talk to people on the phone a lot so they don't mind if I do.

michael drobny said...

At my house there is no rules about texting. We usually don't eat at the table all together anyways but when we do I don't text to be polite.

Demi said...

We don't really have rules for texting while eating but usually most people just figure its kind of rude and don't do it till there done..I don't think its very proper to just pull it out expecially when your with relatives or a different family.

 

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