When it comes to good manners, technology tends to get a bad rap. Often for good reason. Raise your hand if you’ve ever paid a tad more attention to your phone than to the person seated across the table from you. Guilty as charged! (Check-out our guide on when and when not to use your phone here.) But that doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve rounded-up five tablet/smart phone apps that actually improve your manners and social graces, not hinder them.
Lay the Table, $.99. Offers a database of illustrated annotations for formal and informal place settings.
The Seating Planner, $.99. Import contacts from your phone to create seating charts for parties of all sizes. A smart (phone) way to ensure guests are paired with like company.
Namerick, $.99. Helps you remember the names of people you meet by prompting you to create mnemonic devices and memory exercises.
Birthday Reminder Pro, $.99. Syncs with Facebook and other social networks to house all your contacts’ birthdays in one spot. Sends reminders to you in advance so you can get a card in the mail.
Good Manners, Lite, $1.99. Quizzes kids on respect and good manners with animated scenarios. (“You offer your chair to an older person.”) A decidedly more productive use of the iPad than, say, Angry Birds.