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Dinner Unplugged – Make The Table An Electronics-Free Zone

Tired of people sitting around the table paying attention to their electronic devices instead of family and friends?  Or maybe you have a friend who is more interested in putting pictures of what he’s eating on Facebook than actually eating the food. Here’s a quick solution. Declare the table an electronics-free zone!

No phones, no computers, no gaming systems, no Kindles.  In fact, let’s stack them all up in plain sight so we can all keep an eye on them. The picture below is from a Saturday night dinner at my house.

Twelve-year-olds do not give up their phones without a fight, but it can be done.  Dinner entertainment will consist of talking to each other face-to-face.  You can Tweet your sister about the salad, finish your book or make your move in Words With Friends later.

If you’re out with friends, try this method to wean the social-media addicts from their phones: stack the phones in the middle of the table and the first one to pick up his or her device, picks up the check for everybody.

Enjoy your dinner!