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'Phones are ruining the art of conversation.' Stock photo: PA

'Phones are ruining the art of conversation.' Stock photo: PA

'Phones are ruining the art of conversation.' Stock photo: PA

Are we losing our world-famous gift of the gab? In an attempt to save our traditional national pastime, a pub in west Cork has banned people from using mobile phones. Billy Fleming, owner of the Anchor Bar, in Courtmacsherry, has said that the locals who drink in his pub support his decision and that mobile phones have gradually killed conversation over the last few years.

It’s true, they have and they do. Any night out these days is interrupted by phones ringing, beeping or vibrating. Even meeting a friend for coffee will be disturbed by noise coming from the phone. Phones are ruining the art of conversation.


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