Mobile phones a real turn-off at the table

ARE mobile phones making us anti-social at mealtimes?

Toowoomba couple David Fulcher and Anita Purves say "yes": an answer consistent with research commissioned by KFC, which found 67% of Australians admitted to being distracted by their personal devices at the table.

"It's easy to get distracted by Facebook and lose interest in what's going around you," Mr Fulcher said.

"I can be out with a group of eight friends, and seven of us could be on our phones."

Mr Fulcher said his parents had a "no phones at the table" rule to encourage face-to-face conversation.

"It's the way technology is going. If you don't communicate on social media it's like you're not communicating."

Ironically, one of the latest trends to sweep across social media is the phone stacking game, aimed at getting people to ditch their devices at mealtime.

Participants put their phones in a stack in the middle of the table and the first person to crack and use their phone pays the bill.



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