Imagine you’ve arrived at a fancy party and right next to the party hats is a fishbowl where your host expects you and the other guests to put your phone for the whole evening.
As smartphones, digital cameras and devices such as Google Glass seem to have become part of human anatomy, even the New York Times Style Section notes a trend toward creating device-free zones among those who think we all need a “digital detox.” For example: when Michael Carl, the fashion market director at Vanity Fair, goes out to dinner with friends, he plays something called the “phone stack” game: Everyone puts their phones in the middle of the table; whoever looks at their device before the check arrives picks up the tab.
Other trendsetters have limits at home. Restaurant owner Josh Pickard forbids his two teenage children from bringing their multiple devices to the dinner table. And when Anderson Cooper held a birthday party the invitation reportedly said “no cameras, no plus ones.”