Over the past year, Zagat posed this question to surveyors nationwide and the results are in: a commanding 61% of our surveyors consider texting, tweeting, emailing, etc. from the table to be a “no-no” while dining out!
Wondering how your neck of the woods stacks up against this national average?
Surveyors in the Northeast report the highest regional average (64% were annoyed by this behavior) while the South ranks the lowest (54% annoyed). But, overall, the most discerning diners hail from Connecticut and Westchester (NY), with reported averages of over 70% each, while diners in New Orleans and Atlanta come in as the least irritated, with around 50% in both cities.
On the flip side, when we asked about diners who take photos of people and/or food in restaurants, a commanding two-thirds of surveyors (67%) consider this “Okay in moderation” while an additional 18% (nationally) say it is “perfectly acceptable.” Looks like it’s safe to take that picture of delicious dish you’ve ordered, but you might want to wait until the meal is over to post it online, or to text a friend about it.