Q: Whenever a family invites us over for dinner, they leave the TV on the whole time, which I think is rude. Is it OK to object?
A: When you’re a guest in someone’s home, generally you’re expected to go with the flow. While you find this behavior impolite (and I would too), it’s clearly a regular habit for your hosts. If you’re good friends, try, “Amy, would you mind if I turned off the TV? I want to hear about your trip without being distracted.” If not, grin and bear it, and next time, have them over.