No way. Family dinners have long been a dying occasion. And it's such a vital part of family time - it's sadly often the only time the whole family is together in one room. If ever!
So definitely no phones, no ipods, no gadgets, no TV. A little background music, sure.
And meals finish when everyone finishes - not when you've downed your plateful and want to go watch TV.
I sound like such a bore, but I honestly think family and community benefit enormously from such a simple thing as families sitting round a table, enjoying a lovingly prepared meal, and just talking to each other.