Phone stacking is causing extra angst for some at the dinner table these days. The trendy activity of phone stacking is popular in NYC when dining at a restaurant with friends, according to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Saturday morning, Sept. 28. This isn't as easy as it sounds, you can actually see the frustration mounting in some phone addicts, suggests My Fox NY.
Friends meeting for dinner at a restaurant, turn off their cell phones and stack them in the middle of the table. The first one to go for their phone to check messages, make a call or even to check the weather, ends up paying for the entire dinner bill.
Phone stacking leaves you with a decision; what’s more important, your money or using your cell phone? Your friends will be more than happy to have you be the first to topple this Jenga-like stacking tower, it saves them the cost of their dinner.
This trend is making the restaurant owners happy, many who have a “no-flash” policy posted to stop the dinners from flashing pictures of their food and putting an instant review on one of the many websites offering up customer reviews. It also stops the irritation of several different ringtones going off at any given time and becoming the white noise of the restaurant scene.
This isn’t as easy as it sounds, claims Scene Magazine editor-in-chief Peter Davis, who tried this with friends at a recent dinner party. “They got twitchy,” Davis said about his friends. He said at one point people had to “sit on their hands” to stop themselves from grabbing their phone, Fox NY reports.
When there's no restaurant bill involved, the consequence of demonstrating the lack of self-control to your friends can be a strong deterrent when phone stacking at a dinner party. The monetary consequences of having to pay a large restaurant bill is probably the best deterrent of all when it comes to a cell phone-free evening.
Is this trend a sign of times to come? Are people finally getting fed up with being at the beckon call of technology?