The pairs also reported feeling less trust and thought that their partners showed less empathy if there was a cell phone present.
Cell phones are great for helping us stay connected to everyone and everything, but it’s important to know when to put the phone down and connect to the person sitting in front of you.
But when you're on the phone, try to keep competing stimuli to a minimum.
A 2014 Nielsen survey found that the average American spends 11 hours on social media, and more than half of that time is spent looking at a smartphone or tablet. If you are expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your date ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in if discussing private matters or confidential information. Never put your phone (or your handbag, keys, sunglasses or anything you can’t eat) directly on the table.
It’s 2014 and everyone has their phones glued to their hip 24/7, so taking hours to respond to a text isn’t cute; it’s just rude, and your date will see right through your games.
Don’t Overdo It If you had a good time on your date, it’s 100% ok to send a text saying so. Phone calls have practically become extinct in 2014, so this will surprise your date and let them know that you care.
Your guy might not come right out and say it, but he'll be tickled pink that you're focused on him.
DO give each other your full attention DVR, Internet, the Ramen simmering on the stove—life is full of distractions.
However, if you're on a blind date and you think there's a chance you'll need to make a quick escape, by all means keep that phone on the table for your "emergency call" from your best friend!
Texting, taking phone calls, or instagramming your food are the best ways to ensure your date fails.
Imagine this: the person you’re on a date with is looking at his or her phone more than they are looking at you. Actions speak louder than words, and too much phone action says you don’t care. Don’t Play Hard to Get If emotional maturity is something you’re looking for in a partner, do yourself a favor and don’t play games.
Sometimes we all need a little help navigating the choppy waters of dating when tech gets tossed into the mix, which is why geeksugar and I have teamed up for another installment of Tech Dating 101.
Last week, we talked about canceling a date via text, and this week we're discussing whether or not texting and making calls during your date is acceptable dinner etiquette. Using your phone while you're on a date is rude — period.