Smartphone Distraction Affecting Parent/Child Behavior?

the MPR take:

Although mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have become commonplace in the lives of children, they have not been studied in terms of caregiver–child interactions. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, observers were asked to examine and detail the mobile device use and child and caregiver behaviors of 55 caregivers eating with 1 or more young children in fast food restaurants in a single metropolitan area.The observers found that caregivers that were highly absorbed in their devices often had harsh responses to child misbehavior. Because this is the first study on this subject, future research could build upon these findings and explore in greater depth the role of mobile devices on caregiver-child relationships.

Smartphone Distraction Affecting Parent/Child Behavior?
Smartphone Distraction Affecting Parent/Child Behavior?
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Mobile devices are a ubiquitous part of American life, yet how families use this technology has not been studied. We aimed to describe naturalistic patterns of mobile device use by caregivers and children to generate hypotheses about its effects on caregiver-child ...

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