I was at a seminar recently. The people who had put it together did a great job, and the information they were giving us was interesting and useful. They had clearly planned and prepared. Most of the audience were paying close attention, nodding along, asking questions.
There were two people near me who were on their phones. Their tapping and scrolling was distracting, and it felt rude to the people who had worked hard to put the event together.
Here’s my wish—if you’re in the audience, can you put your phone away? If you have to be on your phone, can you leave?
Make a decision about where you are and what you’re doing, and commit to it.