According to a new study, putting your smartphone away when you’re eating with friends or family can leave you feeling happier and more engaged. You probably know how annoying it can be when a friend or family member reads texts, answers calls, or checks social media when you’re eating together. But as it turns out, it’s unpleasant for the phone user, too! In the study, more than 300 people were randomly assigned to have their phones on the table or put away while dining with friends and family, and were then surveyed about their experience. Those who put their phones away experienced less distraction, more enjoyment, and even less boredom than those who had their phones out. Another study showed the same pattern in other settings, with participants enjoying their interactions more if they hadn’t used their phones in the previous 15 minutes.
Source: Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions
“My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone.” Kenny Chesney