This is a great idea – which appears to have come from the USA – to try to control people’s use of their mobile phones when they are out with other people. I am sure we have all suffered the friend or colleague who answers their phone during a meal. Well this is a great way to temper their enthusiasm for picking up calls (or texts or emails).
It is being called “The Phone Stack” and the game tries to curb cell phone interruptions when dining out with friends. After everyone orders, they place their phones in the center of the table, face down (that bit is important). They may even stack the gadgets, as the name suggests. Even as the phones buzz and ring throughout the meal, no one is allowed to pick up their device. If someone is unable to resist his smartphone’s siren’s song, he or she is responsible for picking up the bill for the entire meal – brilliant!
The creator of the game (a 20 year old from California) says that her intention is to encourage people to get off their phones, although she also recommends not being so hard on people about the rules;
“The basic premise is to just get people open to the idea of staying active and attentive to one another. It’s really more of a fun concept in this new age high-tech life of ours. Conversation is the spice of life.”
The only problem I can see is that the biggest offender in our family is not currently earning – she is a student – so would not be able to pay, she would expect me to!