We all have those friends who are incapable of separating from their phones during dinner parties. The question is, what can you do about it? Should you stop inviting them over? Try to make better conversation? Sneakily take their phones away and hide them somewhere in your home?
If you've tried all those options and failed, IKEA may have an answer for you — in a placemat.
In the newly released 2016 catalog, IKEA announced a new line of dinnerware called SITTNING, which includes a placemat with a little pocket for your guests to put their phones during dinner; they'll be able to see when they have a notification on their phones when they light up, but otherwise they're essentially hidden. The new placemat is called cleverly called "Logged Out," and it should cost about $2.
A few publications have pointed out that it's kind of sad we're that obsessed with our phones that we need a special placemat to deal with them during dinner. I get it, that's kind of a bummer — but at the same time, it's the reality of things. And aside from the Instagram-enslaved, there can be good reasons to have an eye on your phone during dinner (babysitter alerts chief among them). Having to put your phone in your tight shorts pocket, on the floor, or on the table isn't optimal either.
This new placemat might just make things better.
Would you ever buy something like this? Do you think it's a good idea, or should people just learn to deal with not having their phone for a hot second?