Remember back in the day when nobody had smartphones and you would head out with your family and friends for a meal and everyone would actually talk to each other and not just spend all the time staring at their screens?
It seems like a long time ago but everyone’s favourite pre cinema destination Frankie & Benny’s is trying to bring that sense of wonder back by introducing mobile phone free tables at all of their establishment – unbelievably there are still 250 of these in the country! Frankie & Benny’s own research determined that 72% of children wished that their parents would spend less time on their phones, which is why they’ve decided to introduce this initiative.
A spokesperson said the following:
We looked at various ways we could encourage people to engage more at the dinner table, and we’ve found giving families the chance to part with their devices for a mere couple of hours is a great way to bring them closer and embrace family time.
I mean yeah it is true, although it could probably be applied to just any group of friends out for a meal too. Although I suppose nobody over the age of 17 really ever goes to Frankie & Benny’s unless they’re with their children so fair.
Anyway, if you’re wondering how it works then you’ll be required to deposit your phone in the box kindly modelled by some Frankie & Benny’s waiter above when you arrive at your table, then you’ll be able to get it out at the end. Simple.
The scheme is being trialled in every Frankie & Benny’s in the country from tomorrow for a week and if it’s successful – I think it probably will be – then they’ll be making it permanent in the new year. Hopefully more restaurants follow their example too, for everyone’s sake.
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