Are you one of the millions of people who makes everyone wait to eat, so that you can get a good Instagram shot of the food when it arrives on your table? Well, you may actually be causing damage to the restaurant business.
A New York restaurateur used surveillance tapes to find out that people take twice as long to finish their meals because they are using their phones to chat, take photos and post updates. This means that fewer customers can be seated, and less money is spent, ultimately causing problems for food establishments.
According to Craigslist, the unnamed Soho restaurant owner discovered that, in 2004, people spent one hour and five minutes to finish their food and pay the bill, and spent eight minutes looking at a menu before closing it. In 2014, however, even before opening the menu, the diners were filmed taking their phones out to try and connect to the restaurant’s Wi-Fi.
The total average time from when the customer was seated until they placed their order was 21 minutes. A total of 27 out of 45 customers asked their waiter to take a group photo, and the average time from the start to the finish of the meal was one hour and 55 minutes, so almost an hour longer than 10 years ago!
Are you one of these #foodporn culprits? Do you now feel a sense of remorse for restaurant owners who need you to move from the table?
By Hayley Minn | August 11th, 2014