I am 100% guilty of not only looking at my phone but "doing stuff" on my phone during Toastmasters meetings. I am a Gen Xer who loves her smart phone. I have a nice relationship with it. It gives me information, keeps me in touch with friends, connects me to work colleagues and most importantly my spouse can reach me when he needs me. I will post pictures of awards I win at my meetings, share pearls of wisdom I hear, and pictures of my fellow members when they are speaking. I like to think I am promoting myself, my organization, and my club.
Here is the thing. I am a full grown 45 year old person who can manage to be quiet and post on Facebook at the same time. I am not disturbed by someone else doing the same thing. If you don't like it, don't do it. Simple right? I fully admit that I need to work on retraining myself to spend more time off the phone than on it. It is a distraction that I need to get away from. This morning I was scolded like a 10 year old by a fellow member. I am not sure he was scolding me personally but it was said to the group, and I was in the room so.... I got scolded. I will state this in my own defense. I usually use my phone at the end of the meeting when we are wrapping up. I don't make a habit of using my phone while my fellow members are giving speeches, and I always shut my phone off or put it on vibrate during the meeting.
The reality is that in today's world we are connected. Most of the people 20 years younger then me communicate on their phones. They share their lives on their phones. It is the way things are and we must adapt to that. I would go along with a ban on phone if that is what the club wanted to do. I would get in the boat and row right along. But we have not set that expectation. Until then, I will use my phone and happily so.