September 29, 2016 – Texting While Parenting Is Bad For Kids, Says Study & Distracting For Moms & Dads
Parenting can be a lonely business, guys, especially when you are parenting toddlers and babies. Also it can get crazy boring. Sure, there will be moments in your day as a parent when you will experience a sort of mini-Utopia, when your darling little one will do something so unexpected or sweet or brilliant or hilarious that you might think, Yep, best decision I ever made. But sometimes you need a little break. Enter smartphones, and the golden age of connecting. While many parents enjoy taking a little mini break by texting, a study found that texting while parenting makes parents cranky, and negatively affecting their children.
The study by the Boston Medical Center, which came out in 2014, found that parents who spent a lot of time on their phones, absorbed with emails and apps and texting, were not engaging with their kids in a positive way. The kids in the study felt like they had to compete with technology for their parents’ attention, and in some cases felt neglected. Dr. Jenny Radesky, of the developmental-and-behavioral pediatrics at the Boston Medical Center, decided with her colleagues to surreptitiously observe the way children were interacting with adults in a fast food restaurant. They sent in investigators, who observed 55 groupings, and paid attention to the co-relation between a child’s behavior and how frequently the adult was checking their phone.