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Making Calls and Texting During a Date: Rude or Okay?

Tech Dating 101: Is Texting During a Date Rude?


Hey, sometimes we all need a little help navigating the choppy waters of dating when tech gets tossed into the mix, and that's why DearSugar 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 an acceptable form of dinner fodder:

Can I text and make phone calls during a date without being rude?

To see what I think about using your tech during a date, just read more.

Part of me wants to say that if it's a mutual friend trying to contact you, it might be okay to reply, but deep down I know that making phone calls and texting during a bona-fide date is just rude. You are on a date because you want to get to know someone, not be tethered to your Twitter or incoming texts at the table.

But this is the real world, and we all know things come up. If you must text or make a call during a date, there is a way to do it discreetly — excuse yourself and head to the bathroom, cell in hand. This way, no one gets uncomfortable. Of course, emergencies are always the exception here. If you need to keep your cell within glancing distance, or are waiting for an important call, just tell your date what's up. I'm sure they'll appreciate knowing that you aren't just waiting for an excuse to leave. Unless of course you are just waiting for an excuse to leave, then I'd recommend checking out Getmooh before you meet up. You know, just in case.

To check out what Dear has to say about using your cell during a date, head on over to DearSugar.

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