Call 413.540.1234 to
schedule an appointment
CONCERN/EAP: 413.534.2625
Billing questions? Call: 413.540.1212
CRISIS: 413.733.6661

Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Green Spaces a Mental Balm for City DwellersYour Earliest Memories May Be FalseDoes Dirty Air Cancel Out the Benefits of Exercise?Health Tip: Map Your Way to Better HealthGreen Space: A Gateway to Better Health?How to Use Sunscreens the Right WayWant a Meaningful Conversation? Cut the Small TalkDrinking and Driving: A Deadly July 4 CocktailHealth Tip: Have a Fun and Safe VacationBeat the Heat on Your Summer VacationSitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 DiseasesHot Cars, Drowning: Keep Your Family Safe This SummerJust 1 in 4 Americans Gets Enough ExerciseHow Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?America's Poor Are Less Happy Than Ever: StudyBeach, Boating and Booze Add Up to Summer InjuriesThe Water's Great. Just Don't Overlook Safety.Strategies to Avoid SunburnHealth Tips for Summer FunAHA: We All Need Water for a Healthy Life, But How Much?Health Tip: Understanding Sunscreen LingoSnubbed on Social Media? Your Depression Risk May Rise'Face-Aging' Photos Convince Tanners to Shun the SunHealth Tip: Stay Fit at WorkHealth Tip: 5 Habits That Could Help You Live LongerLeave Tablets, Smartphones Out of the Bedroom for Better SleepWhat Makes for a Healthy Community?Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in MinutesA Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA SaysAre You a Procrastinator? Then Read This. Now!Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart HealthWant to Give Your Memory a Boost?Fewer Money Worries Can Pay Off in Better HealthHealth Tip: Find Your Resting Heart RateMake Your Amusement Park Visits SafeWhat Drives Millennials to Tan, Knowing the Risks?U.S. Air Quality Improvements Are LaggingFive Healthy Lifestyle Habits Could Add >10 Years to LifePosting Your Vacation Online May Make You Forget ItAs Weather Changes, So Do Social Media PostsAvoid 'Text Neck' From Your CellphoneStaying Healthy Between MD VisitsLove Your Hair Color? You Have Over 100 Genes to Thank.Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks'Let It Go' May Be Good Advice for HealthTough Times Can Leave Their Mark on the Older BrainHigher Mortality Risk Seen for 'Night Owls'Even When You Think You're Not Sleepy, Your Car Crash Risk RisesStudy Highlights Vast Health Differences Between StatesHelp for When You're Wide-Eyed at 3 a.m.
LinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Smoking
Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management
Exercise
Emotional Resilience

Socializing Is More Fun Without This Distraction

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Mar 1st 2018

new article illustration

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're out for a good time, think twice about pulling out your smartphone.

Smartphones can making dining out less appetizing, a recent study revealed. And a second experiment found that people get less pleasure from face-to-face socializing if they are using their mobile device.

The findings add to growing research into how smartphones affect public health, said Elizabeth Dunn, the study's senior author. She's a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

"An important finding of happiness research is that face-to-face interactions are incredibly important for our day-to-day well-being," Dunn said in a university news release.

In one experiment, 300 people were asked to have a restaurant meal with family and friends. Participants were randomly told to either keep their smartphones at the table or to put them away during the meal.

Those who used their phones during the dinner enjoyed themselves less than those who did not use their phones. They said they felt more distracted, which reduced their enjoyment -- about half-a-point less on a seven-point scale, the researchers found.

In the other experiment, the study authors surveyed 100 people multiple times a day over one week. The investigators found that participants got less pleasure from face-to-face socializing if they were texting, e-mailing or using their phones in some other way.

According to Ryan Dwyer, a doctoral student in psychology and the study's lead author, "As useful as smartphones can be, our findings confirm what many of us likely already suspected. When we use our phones while we are spending time with people we care about -- apart from offending them -- we enjoy the experience less than we would if we put our devices away."

Dwyer and Dunn agreed there's a detectable benefit from putting your phone away when spending time with friends and family.

The study was published online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. It will also be presented Friday at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, in Atlanta.

More information

The National Day of Unplugging offers advice on how to break free of your electronic devices.