Phone Stacking

By Darren Buford

I’ve got a game for you that can help promote stopping. Next time you’re at a restaurant with family or friends, after you sit down, stack everyone’s cell phones in the middle of the table. The first person to pick up his or her phone during the meal must pay the total bill. If you all make it to the end of dinner without picking up your phones, then you go Dutch.

Phone stacking can be another way of completely stopping—“stopping” the never-ending barrage of social media updates and personal and professional emails that seem to dominate our lives. Playing the game can help you focus on the people you’re with—real people, who are really in front of you—who came to enjoy your company, not to watch you check your phone every five minutes.

Darren Buford is publications manager for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.