Beyond Your Screen
By Jenna Butler
Food: we all love it, we all need it, and we are all obsessed with taking pictures of it. You sit down for dinner and your cocktail comes. But before you take a sip, a picture is taken and tap-- the drinks are on your story. After a couple of sips of your Cosmopolitan, you anxiously await your food. It arrives. Before you even have time to see your meal yourself, your phone sees it. Your phone notices the meal’s colors and garnishes before your brain does. With new technology, the pictures we take of our food may never feel the same again.
Can you remember what was said at dinner? Most of us may say no or just remember small fragments. This is because we are obsessed with our phones and posting every facet of our life on social media, especially food at our fancy restaurants. Alcohol could also be a cause but we’re going to blame it on the phones.
This could all change soon or at least the Belgian water company Bru is hoping so. They are coming out with social plates that will be served in restaurants. They are plates that will be infused with QSR codes. These QSR codes will be blended into the designs on the plate. These plates will look like any other plate you’ve ever seen, however, little do you know, they are a new form of technology. When you take a photo, a QSR code will send a message that will pop up one your screen. It will acknowledge your photo is nice but that the things happening beyond your screen may be nicer.
Families are now having to set rules when they are at dinner; a no phone rule: This is pretty sad, we would rather be on our phones than engage in conversation with our family. Even my friends and I are guilty of this. “I’m sorry, what did you say?” Is said about twenty times because we are all looking down on our phones, lost in a world of fast news and raunchy memes. The occasional giggle will sometimes get one of us to look up and ask, “which meme are you looking at?”
These plates may be a step into embarking on a revolution, opposite to the one we are seeing now. The revolution of technology has taken over most our lives but now, people are pushing us to put our phones down. It is time we are reminded that the satisfaction we get on our phones is nothing compared to the satisfaction of being around our loved ones. Also, we should acknowledge how embarrassing it is that we now have plates to tell us to get off our phones.