You'll be more likely to keep your cool with your kids if you put your phone away during meals. Credit: Colourbox
Add family strife to the list of reasons you should put away your smartphone at the dinner table.
A new study in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns that the more glued you are to your phone, the more likely you are to snap at your kids.
Researchers studied parents during mealtimes and found that parents who were on their phone during meals were harsher on their kids than parents who put their phones away.
While researchers only observed parents at fast-food restaurants and not in their homes, the results could be an early indicator that the more wrapped up we are with our phones, the shorter our tempers. It is also one of the few studies that has been done on how parents' screen time affects their kids; most studies have focuses on kids' screen time.
The study points out that kids crave attention from their parents, so when they aren't getting it during family meals they are more likely to act out, frustrating a parent even more and creating a vicious cycle.