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Mar. 8th, 2014 @ 04:08 pm Clever restaurant trick
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We went into the city centre of Den Bosch today, to do some shopping and to enjoy a stroll through a beautiful city in the nice weather we're having this weekend. We walked past a small restaurant, and I saw a really clever trick they had.

They had very small lockers in the entrance, each outfitted with a wall socket. You could charge your phone there while you dined! Obviously you would have to keep it locked up, because they are directly accessible from the street...
That means that you won't be using your phone in the restaurant, but you'll have a full charge when you leave. A very clever way to offer an incentive for getting those phones off the dinner tables!
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From:nathreee
Date:March 9th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
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Is it wrong to have a phone at the table? I don't think so, it depends on how you use it.
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From:fub
Date:March 9th, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
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Merely having your phone out on the table, even when you don't check it, is detrimental to the relationship with the people around you. That's also the reason the Amish don't allow telephones in their homes: the people who are close by should be more important than someone far away.
So I quite like the idea of having a reason to have the phone locked away somewhere else, so that the guests can devote all their attention to each other (and the food!).
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From:nathreee
Date:March 9th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
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Interesting piece of research, but I don't think their findings are universally true. The phone can actually contribute to the conversation, by looking at photos or websites and discussing those together.

Yes, it is rude to check your email when you're in the middle of a one-on-one conversation. No, it is not rude to send your significant other on the other side of the country little messages of love and affection when you're hanging out with other people. And there's a grey area in there as well. </p>

Phones don't make people feel insecure, people do.

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From:fub
Date:March 9th, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
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but I don't think their findings are universally true
Findings in studies like this are never universally true. They are, however, generally true. I think it's quite smart of the restaurant to seek to control for the general case.
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From:nathreee
Date:March 9th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I wonder how leading the questions were that were asked of the participants. Is a phone really to blame for these feelings? Or is it the internet? Or is it our hurried, busy way of life? Don't blame the tool for the mistakes of the user.
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