This April 1 cellphone ban is not such a bad idea

Cool thinking from the University of Michigan.

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  • “If it wasn’t around in 1950, its innapropriate” ;)…..

    Good thing most things (and people) that were around in 1950, will soon not be around at all.

    Now that’s a great idea (and one will materialize, hopefully soon)

  • I’m so out of touch with your world I thought it was true.

    If according a study millenials check their phones 221x a day, this would be a fine service for their well being.

    But a far simpler solution would be to electronically jam them in auditoriums-why not?

    • We have electronic jamming of cellphones here in Moscow – for example at the House Of Music complex of concert-halls and theatres, where a cellphone receives no signal at all inside the auditoria.

      The spread of such technology to other halls would be a welcome introduction.

  • Photo banning: Flood/strobe the auditorium with bright light the eye can’t see but that the camera chips can. That should wreck the photo badly enough to discourage future attempts.

    Or, use a camera/image recognition software to scan the audience and detect the signs of a phone being used to snap a picture. Then, take appropriate action. I’m partial to a powerful laser dispatching the perp.

  • In China – no joke – the ushers have laser pointing devices and before the performance, go through the aisles and point – and shame – those members of the audience using their mobile devices. Works quite well, actually. Have personally seen this in action in the “Egg” in Beijing.

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