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Familial Dinner Apps

DinnerCall is a Family Dinner App That Aims to Make Mealtime Special Again

— October 27, 2015 — Social Good
Smartphones get a bad rap for driving a wedge in human communication, but that doesn't have to be the case when this family dinner app is used. DinnerCall is an app that actually encourages families to get together in real life and converse over food.

Family dinner isn't about what you're eating, it's about the stories, the smiles, the fights, the laughs and the tears. DinnerCall is using its family dinner app to encourage families to get back to the dinner table again, even if it's for as short as 15 minutes, with conversation starters and social sharing.

DinnerCall defines a family dinner as two or more people sharing a meal while being fully present. So, the Billion Family Dinners Challenge doesn't apply only to the traditional nuclear family, but also to cereal on the porch with your girlfriend or popcorn on the dining room floor with friends. As long as loved ones are spending time together over food, that's a family dinner.

To get started with the app and the challenge, DinnerCall suggests starting with '10 in 2' -- that's 10 meals in two weeks with your family. Eating 10 fully present family meals over the course of 14 days may require creativity and flexibility.