One in Nine People Chew with Their Mouth Open

To the one in nine people who do this, I say yes, we know.  We all know.

11% of Americans admit they chew with their mouth open.  And that’s at restaurants, not at home behind closed doors.

89% said they usually chew with their mouth closed.  Everyone else said not most of the time, or they’re not sure.  (If you’re not sure, you’re definitely chewing with your mouth open.)

Here are 10 more classic table manner rules, and how many of us pay attention to them in 2024 . . .

1.  Talking with your mouth full.  81% try their best not to do it.

2.  Asking “Can you pass that?” instead of reaching across the table.  73% of us try not to reach.

3.  Wait until everyone’s food arrives before you start eating.  69% claim they’re courteous like that.

4.  Excuse yourself politely when you need to leave the table, 67%.

5.  Don’t add salt or pepper until you’ve at least tried your food.  61% usually follow that rule.  It’s considered rude to season your food before tasting it.

6.  No phones at the table.  60% claim they usually put their phone away.

7.  No elbows on the table.  58% care enough that they try not to.

8.  Put your napkin in your lap.  Only 55% of us usually do that now.

9.  Use cutlery from the outside in, like your salad fork before your dinner fork.  38% said yes.  (You’re at a place with multiple forks?  Ooh-la-la.)

10.  Arrange your dishes and silverware when you’re done, so it’s easier for the waitstaff to clean up.  69% of us do that to help out.