One place where you can maybe sneak in a quick check is if your friend is already using their phone for something.
Like showing up at a party you weren't invited to, some insane compulsion forces us to first look at our phones and then make up a (probably stupid) reason for doing it, like checking Twitter to see if there's been an earthquake in the last five minutes. If you're alone, or on the subway, or in the elevator it's okay to be phone-focused, but there are situations when talking, texting or even just looking at your phone is not okay. First off, the checking-for-no-reason checking (Twitter, Facebook, absently swiping through menus), needs to stop completely when you're out with friends.
Like constantly glancing at the door of the bar, it makes people think you're looking for something better.
While I think having chats at the dinner table is still impolite, I do think checking to see who is calling or reading a text is acceptable if you're trying to make plans with other couples or if you're calling to check in with the babysitter, but taking it any further is still a no-no in my book.
However, if you're on a blind date and you think there's a chance you'll need to make a quick escape, by all means keep that phone on the table for your "emergency call" from your best friend!
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