I first wrote on this topic a few years ago and it’s been one of my most popular and most-shared posts.

Tired of people sitting around the table paying attention to their electronic devices instead of family and friends?  Or maybe you have a friend who is more interested in putting pictures of what he’s eating on Facebook than actually eating the food. Here’s a quick solution. Declare the table an electronics-free zone!

No phones, no computers, no gaming systems, no Kindles, no checking your Apple Watch.  In fact, let’s stack them all up in plain sight so we can all keep an eye on them. The picture below is from a Saturday night dinner at my house.

Twelve-year-olds do not give up their phones without a fight, but it can be done.  Dinner entertainment will consist of talking to each other face-to-face.  You can Tweet your sister about the salad, finish your book or make your move in Words With Friends later.

If you’re out with friends, try this method to wean the social-media addicts from their phones: stack the phones in the middle of the table and the first one to pick up his or her device, picks up the check for everybody. Yep, and that includes checking your Apple Watch or FitBit.

For family dinners, the people who go for their phones can be the one to wash the dishes, take out the trash, or any other chore you might want to come up with.

Enjoy your dinner!

-Cynthia