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Christmas 2020: Celebrating without a mobile phone ban

24. December 2020 Published by Raphael Doerr

The biggest, and for many the most important family celebration of the year is finally here: It’s Christmas! After the challenges of this year, we’re especially looking forward to it, even though Christmas won’t be quite the same for many people as in past years. 2020 could be the year in which the mobile phone on the table experiences a renaissance, and stacked-up smartphones become a thing of the past. After all, it’s only with the widespread everyday helpers or other devices that we can also celebrate with all our relatives and friends.

In December 2019, a Bitkom study found that most Germans (79%) have rules for the smartphone on Christmas Eve, and implement them. 23% of those surveyed said that they had a complete smartphone ban at home at Christmas, and more than half (56%) expected the smartphone to not be picked up at least during the Christmas meal.

Oh, how times have changed! This year, the smartphone has effortlessly made the leap from “enemy” at the table to “best friend” in record time. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, politicians and the media have called for people to have a small celebration and to only meet with family members via video chat.

That means lifting the mobile phone ban at Christmas, since there’s nothing more important, given the contact and travel bans, than a smartphone to reach all those friends and family members you can’t celebrate Christmas with in person in 2020. Today’s to-do list therefore includes packing the last presents, preparing the Christmas meal, and charging the smartphone for the video calls.

By the way, you can click here to find all the tips on the best way to keep a battery going.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas!

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