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We’ve heard about how we need to limit screen time for kids to prevent behavioral problems. There was also that study about how mobile device usage can affect children’s sleep time. It turns out that parents who are obsessed with their screen time are the ones that should be blamed, according to a new study.
A study conducted by a team of pediatrics professors found that parents who are frequent digital device users are more likely to have children with behavior problems. Experts from the University of Michigan and Illinois State University suggest that when parents and kids’ playtime are interrupted by Facebook or having to check a text message will make the little ones feel rejected.
Even if you and your kid will take a break from your conversation because you wanted to check the latest Instagram posts could lead to those outbursts, Jenny Radesky, senior author of the study, said.
To arrive at their conclusion, the researchers looked at the number of times a parent noted an interruption involving technology. The team then studied the child’s corresponding behavior for the last two months. It was found out that 48 percent of parents noted that their gadgets would interrupt their parent-child activities three or more times in a day. Twenty-four percent said they were interrupted twice and 17 percent said it was only once. Eleven percent of parents noted there were no interruptions.
But will it have a deeper effect if parents steal a few moments of their time with kids just to check social media? More research is still needed but according to the study, even low amounts of interruption involving tech devices were associated with child behavioral issues, including hyperactivity, whining, and oversensitivity.
“It’s too early to draw implications that could be used in clinical practice but our findings contribute to growing literature showing an association between greater digital technology use and potential relationship dysfunction between parents and their children,” lead author Brandon T. McDaniel, an Illinois State University assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, said.
— Admin’s Note —
I am guilty of this but not with Facebook. Well, my work involves being online most of the time and unfortunately, Kai sees me always on my laptop and device. I’m aware that I always face the computer but I try my best to take a break and give time to him. But I know some parents are too obsessed with their time on social media, I just hope they don’t compromise their time with their children.
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