A good game for tonight, via Kodakboi but some of my friends have been doing this with a commendable degree of success:
Everyone puts their phones in the middle of the table. Whoever cracks first by touching their phone, pays for the entire meal. The purpose of the game was to get everyone off their phones, away from twitter, facebook, texting, etc and to encourage conversations. In other words, help cure the “Anti-Social Social Media Craziness”.
Here are the rules:
1. The game starts after everyone sits down.
2. Everybody places their phone in the middle of the table.
3. The first person to touch their phone loses the game.
4. Loser of the game pays the bill for everyone’s meal.
5. If the bill comes before anyone has touched their phone, everybody is declared a winner and pays for their own meal.
To improve effectiveness, pick very good (and extra expensive) restaurants.
I like the term “Anti-Social Social Media Craziness”. It reminds me of ASBO, or Anti-Social Behaviour Order. Perhaps we can have a ASSMBO too.
Update: 20 August
A colleague has just sent me this peace of news about a restaurant in Los Angeles that is offering diners a 5% discount on their bill if they dump their digital devices before being seated. “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambiance where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company”, they explain.
Los Angeles Times: L.A. restaurant pays customers to put away their phones.