[NOTE: We've moved this digression from the Las Vegas board, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7707... -- The Chowhound Team]
Well this is an interesting debate. I for one would welcome a ban on any and all electronic devices at restaurants, which I know will never happen. Yes cell phones are vital to our lives now and keep us connected (being a father of 3 young children I understand the importance of that). But it has gone too far. Why do people feel like they need to whip out their cell phones in restaurants to "Hey Dude" their buddy? Then there is a table of four all on their crackberrys texting away. Maybe I am showing my age (grumpy old man at the tender age of 46?) but remember when people would go out for dinners and actually have conversations? Isn't that what a night out is all about?