According to a small study, people who eat a meal in front of the computer may eat more dessert than those who eat their meal in a more traditional manner.
In the study of 44 men and women, the participants who played video games during lunch ended up eating more cookies than the others 30 minutes after their meal. The researchers attribute this to computer users having a foggier memory of their meal, which lead to them feeling less full.
The researchers found that those in the computer group ate roughly 250 calories worth of cookies 30 minutes after the meal. On the other hand, the other group ate only about half as many calories.
“We think that memory for recent meals influences the amount of food that we select and then consume at a subsequent meal,” said researcher Jeffrey M. Brunstrom, of the University of Bristol in the UK.
The main difference between the current study and those in the past is that this one reveals that people’s eating distractions may go beyond eating the meal.