Turning the cell phone off as a sign of affection. What a statement about our dependence on our technological advances. Turning a cell phone off is hard and for some people, it can be painful. We all know friends or family members who randomly text during a conversation, maybe this is you. The “texter” doesn’t see this as rude, in fact, most people see it as multi-tasking.
Enter a new product set to be released to the public on Thanksgiving Day, 2010, the Phonekerchief. The Phonekerchief is a innovative product emblazoned with the words, “My Phone is Off For You.” You wrap your phone in the kerchief and it completely blocks cell phone service. I suppose you could simply just turn the phone off, but it would not be as dramatic and walking around with “My Phone is Off For You” sticking out of your suit coat pocket.
Designed by Ingrid Zweifel of the Parsons New School for Design as a result of her unique senior thesis project. She had an initial idea for a project that would explore how technology has changed people’s interactions. It wasn’t fleshed out until she talked to a woman who had a great blind date, simply because the man told her that he left his phone at home, for her.
At first the project was buttons stamped with the inscription, “I left my phone at home for you.” Evenentually it turned into a marketable product that will be sold at Uncommon Goods beginning November 25th. Wrapping your phone in this product renders you completely digitally invisible. It can be used as a gesture of affection.
Zweifel herself bans cell phones from the dinner table since it is normally the meal shared with loved ones. Thanksgiving is often the ultimate in dinner with loved ones and putting the cell phone away is more than appropriate, hence the Thanksgiving Day release.
Multitaskers often overestimate their abilities. Listening to a conversation while texting another friend generally ends up in only hearing a small portion of the conversation, which could lead to problems. The multitaskers could miss important details, all the while insisting they heard what was said. Frustrating.
Even without the Phonekerchief or a declaration of your phone’s status, you can make it a personal policy to remain phone-free during dinner or at the very least during actual face to face conversations.
Purchase the “PhoneKerchief” starting on Thanksgiving Day http://myphoneisoff.com/phone%20kerchief.html