Parent’s Smartphone Addiction May Be Linked To Kid’s Bad Behavior

It’s 6pm. The family is home together and ready to sit down at the table for dinnertime. Your phone vibrates right when you put food on your plate because the latest gossip is waiting to steal your attention from your loved ones.

Despite wanting to check updates on Facebook or text messages from friends, you may need to put that phone time on hold as researchers may have linked a child’s bad behavior to their tech addiction.

“We know that parents’ responsiveness to their kids changes when they are using mobile technology and that their device use may be associated with less-than-ideal interactions with their children. It’s really difficult to toggle attention between all of the important and attention-grabbing information contained in these devices, with social and emotional information from our children, and process them both effectively at the same time,” says senior author Jenny Radesky, M.D., a child behavior expert and pediatrician at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Radesky adds that assumptions can’t be made quite yet but the findings help her team better understand the relationship.

You can see her video and read more information at EurekAlert!

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