Mobile Phones: Friends or Foes on a Date?

For most of us a mobile phone is our constant companion, and we feel uneasy unless our phone is switched on and within arm’s reach. Let’s consider a few ways a mobile phone can be a loyal ally or a hostile rival when you’re dating.

A first meeting with someone you’ve met on an online dating site can be both exciting and tense. At a time like this your mobile phone can be invaluable. It’s a sensible security precaution to ask a friend to contact you during the date to check that you’re safe.

Apart from answering prearranged or urgent calls, resist the temptation to use your phone during a date. It’s impolite to constantly check your phone, answer non urgent calls, send text messages or make calls during the date.

When you’re saying goodbye after the date is over, an invitation to “text or call me when you get home safely” can be a friendly way to end an enjoyable evening and give the person confirmation that further contact is welcomed. Mobile phones can be both friend and foe on a date, but there’s no argument that having a mobile phone with you in case of an emergency situation is always an advantage.

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