6 occasions when you absolutely must put that smartphone down

Just because you work in social media doesn’t mean mobile manners don’t apply to you.

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I’ve checked it during a long movie (discreetly), at the gym between exercises, and while cooking dinner near a hot stove while holding a sharp knife (not advisable).

But there are times when even social media editors and PR and marketing pros immersed in new technologies need to put the phone away and pay attention to what’s happening in real life.

Unfortunately, it seems those occasions are becoming less common. Studies have shown that smartphones are invading every room in your house—from the bedroom to the bathroom—and a recent study by social dating site Zoosk says one-third of dates end prematurely due to poor cellphone etiquette.

Don’t let those numbers influence your behavior. Rise above the fray. Start with these six occasions in which people, not a smartphone, should hold your attention.

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