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.


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