We’ve all been there. In order to keep the kids quiet in a restaurant or get 20 minutes of uninterrupted time while you prepare dinner, you hand them an iPad. While it’s a far cry from considering the iPad a fool-proof babysitter, it gets the job done. But the thing is, once anyone is handed a screen — ourselves included — it’s hard to put it down. And if you’ve ever tried to wrangle one out of a kid’s hands and you know, talk to them, you know what an uphill battle that can be.
That’s why we love this video that pasta sauce company Dolmio created called the “Look Up Experiment.” In it, kids from a few different families (ranging in age from 8 to 10 years old) are shown fully engrossed with their iPads. Then, unbeknownst to them, their parents start making some serious changes around them to see if they notice. At first it’s just a simple swap of a painting or two, until some strangers come in — and still the kids have no clue. Suddenly the Wi-Fi goes out and they are forced to look up. And yes, see the strangers that suddenly “appeared” at their dinner table. (We swear it’s more funny than creepy.)
The hilarious experiment was done to support a new device Dolmio is developing called The Dolmio Pepper Hacker. The Pepper Hacker is actually a pepper grinder that turns off the Wi-Fi in the house for 30 minutes — allowing families to enjoy dinnertime sans screens. It sounds strange but it’s also kind of brilliant. After all, when kids are using their devices, family interaction is impossible. Having dinner as a family every night (or as much as you can) is incredibly important — and without distractions.
The video has already been viewed over 65k times in just two days. And while you sadly can’t buy a Pepper Hacker yet, you can enter to win one!
h/t: Magic Mum