While “Take your elbows off the dinner table,” is a common refrain for many families, people may soon add, “take your phone off the table” to the list, too. According to research people with smartphones present during dinner time report less enjoyment than those who kept their phones away.

There’s been the assumption that engaging in phone use during social interactions would dampen happiness, but this is the first field experiment to gather emprical data to prove the point.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of Virginia found participants derived less enjoyment from a meal with friends and family when phones were present than when phones were absent.

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