With every new technology comes a new code of social etiquette—and our generation's chapter is a biggie. We're facing off against rudies who don't know when to turn their tones off and put their iPhone away. But here are the best weapons we've seen yet: Stamps, buttons, stickers and a signal-blocking phone-kerchief that encourage everyone to turn off their phones during dinner.
If you're a guest who likes to broadcasting their undivided attention, a host who wants to publicize his party's "no-phones" policy or just a passive-aggressive friend hinting at their buddy, this gear is perfect.
Parsons New School for Design student Ingrid Zweifel wants to encourage us to really get together when we're together by banishing distractions like cell phones. She's designed a line of "tools" that help get the awkward etiquette conversation started.
- The Social Stamp lets you brand the "My Phone is Off For You" campaign logo on everything from your work meeting notes to a ritzy hotel bar cocktail napkin.
- The 5 Pieces of Flair package includes 2 stickers and three buttons that all carry the same message: Dinner is better without distractions. Wear the button proudly or display the sticker on your face-down phone to carry the message.
- The Phone-Kerchief features the campaign logo, plus an extra function: blocking cell phone signals. Wrap it up and be safe from interruptions.
We don't see any links to buy the gear, but Zweifel has her email linked in the "Contact" section of the page, if you want to inquire.
Of course, if your tech-obsessed buddy still doesn't get the hint. We'd tell 'em about the crossword rule.