Mealtime Etiquette: Keep Your Tech in Check at the Table? Some families use meals to connect with one another, and others eat while staying connected. Smartphones, iPads, and laptops find their way to dinner tables that were once reserved for conversation and nourishment. Even when mom and dad take their darlings out to eat, they may turn on a movie to entertain the kiddos so the parents can eat in peace. LilSugar wants to know: what's your take on mealtime technology use?