Hove bar blocks cell phone signals to get people chatting
Cell phones are pretty cool most of the time… except when you’re in the pub. How many conversations have been derailed by people who turn to Facebook? How many fun arguments defused by an annoying fact check? And don’t even get us into commercial quizzes.
Steve Tyler, of Gin Tub, seems particularly against our pocket buddies. He built a Faraday cage in his bar – it’s a metal construction that traps electromagnetic waves outside so signals from cellphones cannot enter.
Tyler wants to try and force people to interact face to face again and accuses social media of “killing ads.”
He said, “If the person you’re with goes to the bathroom, the problem with cell phones is that they prevent you from talking to other people. I want you to have the experience of going out.”
If you feel the need to make a call, you can use one of the old-fashioned phones on each table, allowing you to phone another table for a random conversation or, more importantly, order more. drinks.
However, not everyone is convinced that the Gin Tub will be a success. Social media expert Zoe Cairns told the BBC turning off mobile access would be an inconvenience for customers.
“Cell phones are part of our life now and if we go to a bar, a club and look for our phones it takes away that social aspect,” she said,
“But I think [the idea] will isolate this particular generation. “
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