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New company helps create phone-free zones

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Some people can’t put down their smartphones.  They are addicted to the distractions of texting and documenting everything they can. (CBS News) Some people can’t put down their smartphones. They are addicted to the distractions of texting and documenting everything they can. (CBS News)
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Some people can’t put down their smartphones.

They are addicted to the distractions of texting and documenting everything they can.

A startup company called Yondr is focusing on creating “no phone zones” by locking up your device.

Students at Mercy High School in Burlingame, Ca., are typical teenagers, but when they enter Mr. Offield’s English class, the phones get locked into little bags that they can’t open until class is over.

“By separating something that's primarily for their social life, I'm hoping that it brings them more in the moment,” Offield said.

The bags are made by Yondr.

Its founder, Graham Dugoni is attempting nothing less than breaking cell phone addiction.

“Yes, just something to help people engage with each other in a real way. What it symbolizes is a movement and the bag is just the tool,” Dugoni said.

The Yondr pouch locks like a security tag in a clothing store.

If someone needs to access their phone, they can choose to leave the phone-free zone.

The Yondr bags are now mandatory for everyone attending a performance by comedian Dave Chappelle.

“We've had a strict no cell phone rule for years. Obviously if you look on YouTube you'll see very few people adhere to it,” Chappelle said.

Before the bags, Chappelle often found himself telling jokes to people distracted by their devices.

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