Most people have heard about how detrimental too much screen time can be for the developing mind of a child, but it turns out that parents who are addicted to their technology may be causing harm to their children as well. It can take one second to check a notification that pops up on your phone. The problem is, as you check that notification, something else may catch your eye, and your one second has turned into ten minutes. Before you know it, you have been scrolling through social media much longer than expected!
While smartphones and tablets have certainly made life easier in some areas, they also can cause more stress, distraction, and subpar parenting. If you want to keep your children, your family, and yourself healthy, it may be time to ditch the technology – or at least cut back.
It’s easy to see why our technology can be distracting, with endless social media posts, fun games, important emails, and interesting articles. Sometimes, switching focus to your phone can even be a quick mental break. Usually, however, it ends up being a distraction. Staring at a screen breaks up normal social interactions that you might have with family. This could mean missing important conversations about your children’s day or hearing about what is on their mind.
Research has shown that you have less in-depth conversations when a smartphone is on the table. Parents who are on their phone also are less responsive to their children, or at the very least slower in responding. Parents can become even more irritable when their children interrupt their screen time. All of these distractions can lead to the children having more behavioral problems, not to mention affect your relationship. Continue reading “Too Much Screen Time For Parents”