Digital Manners: When to leave your smartphone in your pocket.

Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
July 19 2011 1:03 PM

Who Invited the Smartphone to Dinner?

Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe debate the question: Is it rude to keep your cell phone on the table during a night out with friends?

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This week, Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe discuss whether it's rude to put your smartphone on the dinner table during a night out with friends. Listen to Episode No. 13 using the audio player below or by opening this player in a new tab.

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Podcast produced by Jesse Baker.

Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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