appicons_programming
Description

Authors:

  • Elizabeth Dunn, Univ. of British Columbia
  • Ryan Dwyer, UBC
  • Kostadin Kushlev, Univ. of Virginia
How does being constantly connected to the internet through our smartphones shape the benefits we derive from interacting with others right across the table? In a field experiment at a restaurant, participants derived less enjoyment from a meal with friends/family when phones were present vs. absent. An experience sampling study revealed the same negative effects across diverse social situations.