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McDonald's Singapore introduces mobile phone lockers, table service at Marine Cove outlet

Despite the alarming figures, the parents who were surveyed admitted being glued to their screens had deterred them from family bonding.

Encouraging customers to enjoy each other's company opposed to their phone's, McDonald's has introduced the "family playdate" box where diners are given the option of locking up their device as they enter the restaurant.

According to Mashable, the fast food giant has recently introduced mobile phone lockers at one of its Singapore locations, where customers can store their phones temporarily while they're visiting the restaurant.

As Fortune reported, a survey last month from McDonald's Singapore restaurant found that close to 72 percent of kids and 69 percent of adults use their phones during meals.

This is despite most of the parents in the survey saying that the use of mobile devices had decreased their interaction with their loved ones, and that they would like to be more disciplined in staying away from digital distractions during family time, McDonald's said.

In an age where the average adult spends almost three hours staring at their smart phone every day, it's a familiar sight to see diners more focused on their Instagram story than a real conversation.

Whether or not people will actually use the lockers is still up for debate.

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

It attempted to pull off a similar campaign in India in 2015, urging youths to put down their phones.

Customers were asked to tweet how long they went offline for and what they did during that time.



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