The American Psychological Association (APA) report that in 2015, almost half of people in the United States said that they could not imagine life without a smartphone.
According to their data, almost every U.S. adult (99 percent) owns one or more electronic device, including desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and televisions. Additionally, the amount of people who use social media has risen from 7 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015.
The APA cite multiple studies that have shown how the use of technology negatively impacts adults’ mental and physical well-being.
But what is the effect of technology on children? More specifically, how does parents’ use of technology affect their children’s behavior? Researchers from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Mott) in Ann Arbor, and Illinois State University in Normal, set out to examine this.
The study co-authors are Dr. Jenny Radesky, a child behavior expert and pediatrician at Mott, and Brandon T. McDaniel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University.
The new research was published in the journal Child Development.