Many people, young and old, complain about how technology is doing this or that to their lives. Writers bemoan the loss of real connections, or whatever they think people did before phones/the Internet/computers ruined everything.
Last weekend, for example, the New York Times ran three separate articles on getting away from the plague of always-on communications, as Atlantic contributor Nathan Jurgenson noted.
“In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time,” Pico Iyer wrote. “The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug.”
For the past couple of days, a great example of this kind of thinking has been making its way around the Tumblr ecosystem. A San Francisco dancer named Brian ‘Lil B’ Perez and his friends came up with a game to constrain their cellphone use when they’re out having dinner.
Here are the simple rules:
Don’t Be A Di*k During Meals With Friends
The first person to crack and look at their phone picks up the check. Our (initial) purpose of the game was to get everyone off the phones free from Twitter/Facebook/texting and to encourage conversations.
Rules of the Game:
- The game starts after everyone has ordered.
- Everybody places their phone on the table face down.
- The first person to flip over their phone loses the game.
- Loser of the game pays for the bill.
- If the bill comes before anyone has flipped over their phone everybody is declared a winner and pays for their own meal.
- Force Smartphone Addicts to Pay for Your Meal with This Ingenious Game [Etiquette] (gizmodo.com)
- Where does your silence live? (powerofslow.wordpress.com)
- Are you picking up that phone to CALL? (charity-spring.org)
- How social networks can destroy your social life (guardian.co.uk)
- Seeking Privacy in a Networked Age (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- 5 Oaths to Make with your Mobile phone (miss-imperfect.com)
- 25 Signs You’re In A Serious Relationship With Your Phone (thoughtcatalog.com)