And I’ll take away your phones if I want to. Yes, cellphones are great and can do just about anything these days. A picture taken can be instantly posted to Facebook and you can update your Twitter status via phone as quickly as you can type. These phones can’t, however, tell you when it’s time to put them aside. The New York Times article “Party On, But No Tweets” shares what could become the trend in social media etiquette. The invitation to an exclusive party in New York features this caveat: “Just don’t blog, post pictures to Facebook, or even think about Twittering…” That, said host,author and blogger Michael Malice, allows party attendees to “talk fearlessly in the present.” They needn’t worry that things said, done or seen at this event will show up on Facebook and be forever searchable on Google. Malice elaborated on what brought about his new party policy: “We are fighting against this whole idea that everything people do has to be constantly chronicled. People think that every thought they have, every experience — if it is not captured it is lost.” Instead of being offended by the notion of leaving phones at home, he’s found that attendees are liking this policy. They can enjoy themselves undistracted (except by the usual, like “is there cilantro in my teeth?”) and really focus on what is happening at the party.
Are you hosting an event soon? Celia Chen, the author of an online entertaining magazine, said “It’s the job of the host to educate guests about attire, about start time,” she said. “And now when it comes to social media, it’s also the responsibility of the host to share how you want your guests to act at your party.