I'm no stranger to the hurt, annoyed, and surprised looks that cross a man's face when he sees me whip out my phone during a date. It's not that he's dull, it's just that he's not The One.
By The One I don't mean that mythical fellow who'll sweep me off my feet as I proclaim him to be Prince Charming, but simply someone for whom I'm willing to turn off my phone. Some of my friends laugh that I define relationships based on whether I'm willing to set my phone on vibrate, silence it, or turn it off entirely, but it turns out that I'm not the only one who views this as a sign of respect and affection.
There's a project called "My Phone Is Off For You" which focuses on the significance of turning off your phone to spend some time with the special people in your life. The idea is to actually spend some time focusing on what's in front of you rather than everything that's not—such as all of Twitter and the Internet.