Muting mobiles during family meals

In our hyper-connected, always-online age, mealtimes are precious opportunities for us to communicate and deepen real-world bonds

Pope Francis has called for people to put away their mobile phones at the dining table and start talking to one another.

Francis is perhaps the most social media-savvy pope of all time. He is a frequent user of social media, has 18.2 million followers on Twitter and allows pilgrims to take selfies with him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 22, 2020, with the headline 'Muting mobiles during family meals'. Print Edition | Subscribe