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The burning question*: Is it okay to use your mobile in a restaurant?

It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

Dude. Your dinner's getting cold.
Dude. Your dinner's getting cold.
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WE KNOW HOW you feel. The last-minute Christmas rush is on and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


This week: We had some very strong reactions to our question a few weeks back about bringing your mobile phone into the bathroom with you. (Or more specifically, using it while seated on the… er, throne.)

The whole etiquette around using mobile phones is a minefield so here’s another one for you:

Is it okay to use your mobile phone if you are out for dinner with someone?

Poll Results:

E - Jeez, people, put the phone away! (872)
D - It's okay to text but not to take/make calls (827)
C - Yes, but just to take urgent calls (606)
B - Yes, to take calls (not make) and to text (297)
A -Yes, you should be able to use it for anything (136)

Got a burning question that has divided your household/work colleagues/friends? Let us know in the comments section or email us at

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