PSFK’s Trending Topic: 5 Ways To Curb Phone Usage In Social Situations

PSFK’s Trending Topic: 5 Ways To Curb Phone Usage In Social Situations

More and more products are encouraging people to sign off from the online world and get back into the real world.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 18 september 2013

These days, we are never without our mobile phones and even feel a little anxious whenever we don’t have them in our hands. To curb our phone addiction and to get us back into the real world, several companies and businesses have created products that encourage us to let go of our gadgets and interact with others in social situations. Some of these products include a pouch that blocks phone signals, a beer glass designed to rest on a phone, and an app that turns a phone into a coaster and a lightshow.

Here’s a rundown of the top 5 ways to control our mobile phone addiction.


The Phone Blocking Beer Holder

The Cell Phone Nullifier by Brazilian beer brand Polar blocks off any phone connection within a 1.5 meter radius, therefore forcing people to engage in actual conversations.


The Offline Glass

The Salve Jorge Bar in Sao Paolo created the Offline Glass, a specially-cut beer glass that only stays upright when balanced on a mobile phone. Users have no choice but to give up their phones to keep their beer from spilling.

Case Cuts Mobile Phones Off From The Outside World

Signal Blocking Phone Case

Created by design studio The Way We See the World, the Blokket is a pouch made of a silver and nylon material that blocks the cellular signal of the mobile phone inside.


Light Show Coaster iPhone App

With the Blinkdrink app, folks can use their iPhone as a cool coaster that turns their drinks into a light show. The app takes into account the background music and creates a visual activity with the glass and the liquid inside it.


The Phone Stack

The game “The Phone Stack” or the “Don’t Be A Di*k During Meals With Friends,” encourages people to ignore their phones or else they will have to pay the bill. Each person at the table places their phone facedown on the table or stack them up at the center. The first person who grabs their phone to answer a text or call picks up the tab.


Gilt's Pop-Up House Is The Kind Of Store You'll Want To Live In

Op-Ed Today

The Future Of The American Workforce Requires Unbundling College Education

President of JetBlue Technology Ventures: developing corporate education programs for non-traditional students

Advertising Today

The Hottest Chip In The World Comes Packed In A Coffin-Shaped Box

The individually wrapped snack is made from the spiciest known chili


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Mobile Today

Registering To Vote Is Now Just A Text Away

A new bot aims to mobilize underrepresented groups this election season through SMS and Facebook Messenger

Related Expert

Elizabeth Pizzinato

Global Luxury Consumer and Digital Insight

Luxury Today

Shoe Repair Has Moved Onto Your Phone

Cobbler Concierge is an on-demand service to get your footwear fixed online

Work Today

Microsoft Wants To Help Workers Better Communicate With Their Coworkers

Project Sonoma is a new app designed to help employees chat and coordinate shifts with their associates

Advertising Today

Real-Time Data Used To Calculate The Brand Power Of Athletes

Brandtix has develope a digital platform with a complex algorithm that combines social media variables with player performance to predict the next A-list pros


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed september 28, 2016

Energy Expert: How American Consumers Are Taking Control Of Their Power Use

Jennifer Tuohy, green tech expert at The Home Depot, discusses green home technologies and developments for renewable technologies in US homes

PSFK Labs Yesterday

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Automotive Yesterday

Toyota Is Using Sewage To Power Its New Electric Car

A new hydrogen-fueled vehicle is driven by what we flush away

Culture Yesterday

Catch A Concert On This Small Floating Island

A man-made archipelago in Italy is hosting music and art performances

Design & Architecture Yesterday

DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Wooden Bike, Boat Or Caravan

Woodenwidget says its detailed guides are suitable for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike

Social Media Yesterday

The United Nations Has Launched Its Own Social Media Platform

A new app aims to get younger audiences more involved in sustainable development goals

Design Yesterday

Crash-Friendly Drone Made From LEGOs Is Completely Rebuildable

The clever device offers games, education and the uniquely rewarding experience of destroying your high-flying airship


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Free Sneakers Given Out To Motivated Marathon Runners

Strava will give the shoes to athletes who run the second half of their race faster than the first

Culture Yesterday

Someone Invented A Robot Just To Serve Trays Of Beef Jerky

Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, in partnership with Chef's Cut Real Jerky, creates an automated snack delivery system

Millennials Yesterday

Why A Social Networking Site Decided To Rebrand

Meetup, a platform that connects like-minded individuals, has taken steps to stay relevant amongst millennials

No search results found.