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Restaurants Banning Cellphones During Meals

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A number of restaurants in the U.S. and U.K. are restricting cellphone use while dining out as a means of promoting real-life social connections over social media use
  • Frankie & Benny’s, a U.K. chain of 250 restaurants, recently conducted a trial ban on cellphones in an effort to foster more interaction during family mealtimes
  • A multiyear study from the University of Montreal suggests children who routinely eat meals together with their family during early childhood are more likely to experience long-term physical and social benefits
  • Other research asserts children and adolescents who share family meals three or more times per week are increasingly likely to be in a normal weight range and have healthier diet and eating habits
  • Mealtimes are a great opportunity for human connection, which is why I encourage you to put down your digital devices so you can look into the eyes and hear from the hearts of those around you

As presented in the featured video, restaurants in the U.S., as well as a major chain in the U.K., are restricting cellphone use as a means of promoting real-life social connections over the use of social media while dining out. Sadly, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see couples, families and friends interacting with each other over meals inside or outside the home.

Restaurants, which used to be a place of connection and socialization, are increasingly becoming hangouts in which patrons spend more time looking down at screens than up at and into the eyes of the people around them. 


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