Swedish hotel offers free rooms, but only if you ditch the phone
The mobile phone is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest inventions. But it also comes with some well-documented downsides.
It seems that our ability to talk and converse with each other without resisting the temptation for a sneaky look at Instagram and Facebook has been dramatically affected.
In her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, US professor Sherry Turkle stated that 89 per cent of Americans took out a phone during their last social interaction and that 82 per cent said the mobile had deteriorated the conversation they were in.
In an interview with Greater Good Magazine, Turkle stated: "I'm concerned about people for whom social media becomes a kind of substitute, who literally post something on Facebook and just sit there and watch whether they get 100 likes on their picture, whose self-worth and focus becomes dictated by how they are accepted, wanted, and desired by social media."
So in a bid to get people talking again, one Swedish hotel has come up with an ingenious idea: the less you use social media, the cheaper your stay will be.
Hotel Bellora in Gothenburg is promoting the Check Out Suite.
The room comes with a unique Skärmfri (screen-free) lamp which measures how much time you are spending online.
When guests connect their phones to the lamp using the room's Wi-Fi, the lamp will glow white as it measures up to 30 minutes of the daily recommended time people should be on their phones. For example, that's two hours for a family of four.
But once you go over that limit, the lamp will start to glow red.
The maximum price for the room and breakfast is SEK2400 (NZ$388), but that will decrease depending on how much you spend online. If you don't go online at all, the room is free.
On the hotel's website it states: "The less time - the cheaper the stay. If you let the screens be completely free, you will have more time with each other. A win-win simply."
You can get more information at the Hotel Bellora website.