We've talked at great lengths about the changing nature of etiquette in the digital age
, and one of the more nuanced guidelines has to do with answering your phone while in somebody's company. When you're hanging out with friends at a bar, and a straggler calls to get directions, it's certainly not impolite to answer the phone right then and there. When you're having a serious, one-on-one conversation, though, we'd say that it most certainly is. If you care to meet the latter situation with extra-gracious flair, you might want to pick up the Phonekerchief, an old-timey handkerchief that somehow blocks cell phone signals
Going on sale November 25th, just in time for the holidays, the kerchief will be well worth the $15 you'll spend to see the smile on the face of your smartphone-addicted, Victorian era-obsessed "eccentric" cousin. Happy Christmas, Chadwick!