McDonald's installs phone lockers so people actually talk to each other

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Of course not, because people are Instagramming the lockers.

The mobile phone locker, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, encourages parents and children to put their devices away safely and focus on family bonding, it said.

McDonald's offers smartphone lockers so as to help customers spend quality time during family meals.

Another customer said his family made a genuine attempt to lock their mobiles away but "failed within five minutes".

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However, among the parents who were surveyed, majority said the use of mobile devices had decreased their face to face interactions with their loved ones and they would prefer it if they could be more disciplined in staying away from several digital distractions at least during their family time, McDonald's said, according to Channel News Asia.

A recent survey of around 300 parents conducted by McDonald's in Singapore found that 98% parents use their mobile device whenever they're with family.

McDonalds - the purveyors of fast food - may not have been the best place to start the practice, as it has a very quick turnover of customers who aren't usually sitting down to a long, three-course meal, where a phone ban might be met with more of a welcome.

Trying to have a conversation with someone who's distracted by their phone during meal time can be frustrating.

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Also, 58 per cent of parents said they feel unhappy when another family member uses a mobile device during family time.

"We have introduced the service in our Marine Cove flagship restaurant as well as selected restaurants, and have received positive feedback especially from families so far", McDonald's told Channel News Asia.

It remains to be seen whether customers will use the lockers, or simply photograph them for social media.

The feature will be available as an option at the self-ordering kiosk, it said.

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