Restaurant shuts down iPhone addicts with this brilliant note
Given our obsession with technology these days, we typically assume that any restaurant we frequent will provide free Wi-Fi. Antonio's Trattoria Calabria, however, is Wi-Fi free.
The restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia explains their decision to cut customers off from their beloved cellular devices in a witty little note smack dab in the middle of their menu. The note reads:
"WE DO NOT HAVE WiFi. 'Malaysians are beginning to find out that their addiction to smartphones can lead to a host of problems. On top of the list are family meals where members hardly talk to each other as their attention is focused on the smartphones.' - The Star (February 12, 2012)"
Oh snap. It's actually quite clever for this restaurant to go Wi-Fi free. When was the last time you had a nice family meal without someone texting under the table, snapping a pic of the mouth-watering meal, or scrolling through Twitter while waiting for the check?
It's nice to be reminded that we go out to eat with people for a reason. Dining should be a social activity...not a social media activity. Name Rajwani, whose family owns the restaurant, told HuffPost:
"Something was very wrong: the sight of a family or a group of friends sitting down to a meal, with each person glued to his or her smartphone. Is that something we really wanted to encourage?"
The note in the menu certainly makes us think about our Wi-Fi reliance. While it might take some time to adjust, Wi-Fi free restaurants could really benefit our relationships!
What do you think about restaurants going Wi-Fi free? Let us know in the comments!
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