I realize I should perhaps think of a different name for this awesome game. Because I don’t mean to imply that everyone who checks their phone during meals is a di*k.
It’s impolite to slurp soup, pick your teeth, cough and sneeze without covering your mouth and nose, and to dick around on your cell phone.1 Doing these things might not make you a dick, but they are displays of disrespect towards the people you chose to spend time with.
But really, among friends the attitude should be more like “Do you even want to be here? We don’t get to spend a lot of time together, and you’re choosing to spend it by playing Words with Friends against BurlyMan96.”
I think there are reasonable exceptions, for example, if you’re trying to get a hold of somebody who you’re expecting or if you’re calculating a tip. ↩