No longer do we worry about keeping elbows off tables or selecting cutlery from the outside in. Now we're concerned with how many Candy Crush invites are too many and whether it's safe to swipe to the next photo of our friends' photos libraries. Those are some of the questions of the digital age. Here are the answers.
5 big no-nos of a considerate smartphone user
Don't say "I only just saw your text" three days after you opened it
Text messages can be a blessing and a curse. Although they're handy for sending notes if you haven't got time for a call, it can be hard work to reply when people start writing essays. But instead of ignoring them, try to at least acknowledge part of the message and then explain that you're busy.
Don't ask for the Wi-Fi password as soon as you get to a new place
If the first thing you do when you arrive somewhere is ask for the Wi-Fi password, it sends a negative message. It seems like your online life is more important than what you're doing and who you're with. Unless you have a good reason, resist the temptation.
Don't bombard people with Candy Crush invites
Online games are fantastic, but some ask you to send impersonal invites to your entire Facebook friend list over and over again, which can get annoying. If they didn't accept the first three invites, they probably won't accept the next three. So try to limit what you send and only invite people you know want to play.
Don't use your phone when driving or operating machinery
No excuses here – using your phone while driving is illegal. The law was updated recently, introducing much heavier fines and much stricter enforcement, so get up to date by reading our driving with your smartphone article.
Don't swipe through photos without permission
Someone hands you their smartphone to show you a photo of their new puppy. Great! But you don't know what pictures they were taking before the dog arrived, so don't go swiping unless you've been told to or unless you ask first.
5 good habits of a considerate smartphone user
Do put your phone away when you're with people
Unless you're expecting an important call, keep your phone in your pocket or out of sight. It's distracting for everyone when a notification flashes up, whether it's their phone or not, so focus on the people you're with instead.
Do turn off the beeping keypad sounds
When you're out in public, nobody wants to hear you type, delete and rewrite every letter of your text message. Vibrate and silent modes are most polite, but you can also turn off just your keypad sounds by exploring your smartphone's settings menu.
Do be respectful with headphones and selfie sticks
Yes, that national monument is very picturesque, but please don't ruin it for everyone else by accidentally hitting them with your selfie stick or blocking the view. Similarly, headphones can be louder than you think, so take them off while they're playing to hear what everyone else hears and see if they're too loud.
Do enjoy the moment instead of documenting it
With a smartphone camera in tow you never have to forget the good times. That being said, it's important to live for the moment and put your phone away every now and then. Especially at live events, where arms and screens in the air often spoil the view of acrobats and guitar solos.
Do let people know if you need to use your phone
When someone you're with buries their head in their phone, it feels like they have something better to do than talk to you. But they might have a very good reason. Let people know what you're up to and you'll avoid any embarrassment.