It's long been considered poor taste to check your phone while out on a date or socialising in close company. But is it possible that this social taboo is no longer worthy of being considered such a social crime?
At this point, the odds are in your favour that whomever you're out with will have a smartphone too. And you're probably going to receive a few texts in your time together. Maybe they're important, maybe they're just your mum saying she loves you (which is important, but not urgent). But perhaps it's OK, finally, to acknowledge the need to check our phones for a second, just to make sure we're not needed. Should we ease up on the stigma at this point? Or is it still just plain rude?