Families Are Texting Each Other Instead Of Yelling From The Other Room

You’re at home and you want to get the attention of someone in the next room: do you yell, or do you save your voice and text instead?

A new story in USA Today claims the smartphone is replacing the dinner bell for many families. More parents say they will text their kids at home to remind them to eat dinner or do chores. Parents aren’t just texting their kids: one mom says she’ll text her husband about things they don’t want their children to hear.

This practice didn’t spring up overnight. Nearly half of the people who answered a survey in 2013 admitted to texting, tweeting or emailing a family member in their own house, rather than going into another room to talk face-to-face.

So how do you communicate at home: yell or text?