Every Massachusetts parent of a child that can talk has probably been told to put their phone down.
Many children will get visibly upset when they see their parent looking at their phone when not supposed to be. The point is, whether it’s anecdotal or backed by big surveys, it’s pretty clear parents are on their phones too much.
If you need another reminder, according to one survey, conducted by The Genius of Play, “respondents spend two hours and 17 minutes of personal time on their phone per day, compared to two hours and 41 minutes of quality, screen-free time with their children.”
What this means parents are admitting to spending only 24 minutes more with their kids — screen-free — than they do with their phones. Assuming this is representative of most people (and it seems like its) then we can all agree parents can do better here.
Sure, screen time with kids can be productive and even good for your relationship. But if we’re balancing our digital life against the actual time we spend with our kids, it’s pretty clear everyone is losing.
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