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Stop Using Your Phone During Dinner with this App

Stop Using Your Phone During Dinner with this App
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I hate when people look at their smartphones at dinner. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a smartphone app that could help me solve this problem?

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That logic is the concept behind an app launched this week called DinnerMode, intended to help "break your tech addiction." The design is extremely straightforward: Users are prompted to choose an amount of time—either 15, 30 or 60 minutes—then DinnerMode tells you to put your phone face down on a flat surface. If you pick your phone up before time expires, you're given a light chiding. There's really nothing more to it than that: It doesn't lock your phone into airplane mode and blacken the screen; instead, it's just a simple way to be conscious of how often you're on your phone.

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First We Feast spoke to Sloane Davidson, the woman behind the idea. She said she was inspired after spending seven weeks on a farm. "When I got back to NYC, my mind went crazy. People were on their phone walking down the street, in the check-out line, at restaurants—literally everywhere," Davidson said. "I know it's normal behavior for a lot of people, but after being away for seven weeks I was in a state of shock. And I wasn't sure I wanted to go back to the way things were." Apparently, someone doesn't care who's winning the Rangers game!

DinnerMode is currently available only for Apple devices.

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