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November 19, 2012

Eat It, Don't Tweet It!


Photo Credit: Oleksiy Maksymenko Photography/Alamy

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No Texting at the Table

It's time for Cell Phone Roulette! You're at dinner with friends or family when you hear (or say), "I've got to take this call." Please. Curb your texting tic with this game, a blogosphere favorite:

Step 1: Hand over your phone. When you sit down, surrender phones in the middle of the table, stacked one on top of the other.

Step 2: Ignore the buzz. Focus on the conversation. Stay strong when a text trill, e-mail ding, or ringtone sounds.

Step 3: You cave, you lose. The first person to reach for his or her phone pays the price. If you're home, you're saddled with the dishes. If you're out, you pick up the check.

Step 4: Or split the check. No one broke down? Split the bill or share cleanup duty.


Social Media for Dummies

How not to behave with your mobile device: Cautionary celebrity tales

Don't Mess With M.I.A. (2010) Singer M.I.A. was upset with a story about her, so she tweeted the writer's cell number as her own, encouraging her fans to call. The celeb's version of a prank call? Not cool.

Anthony's Weinergate (2011) Former Congressman Anthony Weiner accidentally tweeted a salacious photo of himself. The picture, meant for a 21-year-old female college student, derailed his career.

Alec Baldwin Gets Booted (2011) When a flight attendant asked Baldwin to shut off his smartphone before takeoff, the actor, engrossed in Words With Friends, refused. Minutes later, he was left at the gate.

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