Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Texting in the corner may sound more appealing than answering a laundry list of questions from long-lost great Aunt Sue, but it is important to remember mobile etiquette during the holiday season. Here is a list of mobile device Dos and Don’ts that you should keep in mind on Thanksgiving Day:
DO: Video chat with your family and loved ones who are celebrating elsewhere. Video chat or FaceTime adds an intimate element on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is dressed in their Thanksgiving best (or rather, their sweat pants to make room for all of the food). You can say hello to family members or friends whom you may not have seen in a long time, and also get a chance to see their elaborate feast and thoughtful table settings.
DON’T: Video chat with others so long that you will insult your own host. Be sure to spend quality time with the ones you are with on Thanksgiving Day.
DO: Send “Happy Thanksgiving” texts to loved ones. Turkey and leaf emoticons are encouraged.
DON’T: Send “Happy Thanksgiving” texts to loved ones…at the Thanksgiving table. Your host has spent hours and hours preparing for this one meal. Texting at the dinner table is rude and can wait until after dinner when you’re in a food coma watching football.
DO: Take pictures of your meal and post it to Instagram. While food pictures overloading your Instagram feed can be obnoxious on any given day, it’s expected on Thanksgiving Day. What better day to show off your perfected sweet potato casserole with the flawlessly roasted marshmallow topping?
DON’T: Take pictures of grandma or Uncle Dan passed out at the dinner room after too much…. turkey. This one should be self explanatory. Usually the turkey is not the culprit.
Just remember, the pilgrims and Indians had a special Thanksgiving without any mobile devices! That means no Instagram, no texting, or no calling. While Americans have become increasingly attached to their cell phones, remember that Thanksgiving is about being thankful for the ones you are with, those whom you love, and for everything you have. We know you are grateful for your cell phone but you don’t need to prove it at the dinner table. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!