Using Your Phone In The Grocery Store is Making You Fat And Broke

May 8, 2019

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Texting is a double-edged sword. While being a convenient and fun way to communicate with friends and family, it can be dangerous behind the wheel. Last week the Florida legislature approved a bill to make texting and driving a primary offense and if signed by Governor DeSantis, would become law July 1st. Come to find out using your phone while shopping for groceries is also a costly gamble. Researchers found that being distracted by voice calls selecting music or texting while shopping ought significantly more unplanned items than people who didn’t use their phones while shopping. Even more shocking those unplanned items tended to be more decadent, excessive, or impractical! So you aren’t picking up kale but cookies instead! If you only use your phone for shopping-related activities like calculating prices and bringing up coupons, you’re not as likely to deviate from your list. Both shopping decision making and using your phone compete for the same pool of cognitive resources according to the study. At the same time you’re getting more spacey as you shop, stores are getting smarter. They may present themselves as “technology friendly” or highlight the availability of Wi-Fi, to keep you on your phone. To capitalize on distractibility, marketers could begin to include unrelated messages and info in mobile shopping apps to intentionally distract you! That doesn’t mean you should never keep your shopping list on your phone.  But if you’re in the middle of a text volley or talking to Aunt Patty, you may want to finish or pause the conversation before you enter the store.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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