The Phone Stack

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This is a fantastic concept: The Phone Stack, and I’m in 100%

It works like this: as you arrive, each person places their phone facedown in the center of the table. … As the meal goes on, you’ll hear various texts and emails arriving… and you’ll do absolutely nothing. You’ll face temptation—maybe even a few involuntary reaches toward the middle of the table—but you’ll be bound by the single, all-important rule of the phone stack.

Whoever picks up their phone is footing the bill.


When I’m with friends, I rarely, if ever, check my phone. I certainly don’t check the social stuff like Twitter, Instagram etc. The only times I’ve pulled my phone from my pocket during dinner recent memory was to check the score of a Wimbledon match. I maybe did this twice in that evening, and only in a lull in conversation (i.e., not when someone was talking up my end of the table).

I must say though, I can’t really name many friends who chronically pull their phones out of their pockets during dinner. Are we the fortunate ones?

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