Mobile phones prohibited. Hope it becomes a trend

The advent of smartphones has changed our daily communication. People are often more focused on their phone than looking up and talking to the person in front of them. While this was understandable ten years ago, when smartphones were the latest trend, now things had to change.

Smartphones give us more and more options, and people are often less and less “connected” to reality. It’s no surprise that communication has slowed down as people wait for the next like or notification on their phone.

We might think we need a break, that we need better unwritten social rules. Well, there’s a restaurant in Fort Wort, Texas that’s trying to do something about it. They set a strict rule for their customers: no cell phones.

No mobile phones and better experiences

Interestingly, there is growing evidence showing a link between excessive smartphone use and stress and anxiety.

It’s the opposite of what you want to experience in your favorite restaurant. This is why several restaurants, bars and clubs have implemented the no mobile phone rule. In some places, they are locked in bags and can only be accessed in case of emergency or after the show ends.

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It’s a great way to deal with this growing problem.

Of course, you may not be able to capture all the memories you wanted, but it will allow you to better live in the moment and enjoy the experience. And that’s exactly why Tim Love, a chef in Dallas, banned cell phones at his restaurant, Caterina’s. The new Italian restaurant is asking people to close their phones in small bags while food is served.

Speaking to Paper City, Tim Love said:

The hostess gives each guest a bag to put their phone in, and the bag stays with the guest throughout the dinner. We will sometimes ask them nicely to put their phone back in their bag. It has happened before. Some people forget. They just have their phone in their pocket. But it does not matter. If you can’t live without your phone for two hours, this is not the place for you. For example, people go to the cinema, they don’t use their phones. »

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The main idea behind this no cell phone rule is to create an atmosphere where people can talk to each other. It would help them bond in a world that has become a little too mechanical.

Do you have an emergency call? Caterina has a plan for that.

Image Credit: nbcdfw.com/ They bring an old fashioned landline to your table.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is the reason why people visit it. Interestingly, even the servers serve the meal at a much more relaxed pace.

At Caterina, customers will be treated to a multi-course meal. This is a slow meal, or what I like to call an analog meal, where the whole experience encourages you to slow down. There will be lots of little surprises throughout the meal. From tables talking to tables, customers making new friends, the atmosphere is so great. »

And if people went to Caterina, they would understand that it is worth letting go of their smartphones.

The dining room in the restaurant is a little art deco. With a smart vibe from the 1940s and 1950s. The rest of the restaurant is decorated with wood paneling and beautiful tiles. The modern architecture of the place contrasts with the vintage lighting of the chandeliers.

But the no cell phone rule doesn’t mean you can’t talk to someone in an emergency. The chef said anyone who needs someone to talk to can have an old-fashioned landline next to their table. Without the mobile phone you have to resort to other methods.

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