Does smartphone make your child unhappy?

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Created by Lipy*
Updated on Mar 22, 2016

Does smartphone make your child unhappy
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Technology has overshadowed our lives. We interact with different digital devices all the time. While it may be seen as digital empowerment, there is another side to this whole technology engagement. Ubiquitous digital access is influencing the way parents interact with their children and vice versa. As parents, we have to think, are we ready for a digital detox?

What is digital detox?

Simply put, it is a time when you take a break from all your digital devices. Even the wearables. Yes.

Unthinkable, right? But the results are amazing. Parents who have experimented on the digital detox will agree that it has helped them connect with their families in more meaningful ways than any wi-fi can.

What does research say?

Researchers feel that parents are unable to keep their hands off the phones, even during dinner, can make your child not happy with you at all.

A recent study which delves into the dynamics of technology and families reveals that the children of those parents who sporadically text even while driving or those who indulge in over-sharing on social media are not too impressed with their parents' habits.

However, the rapid evolution of technology in the past decades, along with the advent of the internet has created a wide gap between relationships, especially between parents and their children.

"This challenge is exacerbated by the fact that parents themselves may be struggling to set and abide by the rules they set for themselves for technology use," the authors indicated.

The principal concern, among both children and parents, was paying attention to those around you instead of technology.

The research was conducted by University of Michigan and University of Washington.

The findings showed that 92 percent of children feel that their parents need to show more interest while talking to them.

The children do not want to see their parents spending all their time on the computer, tablet or smartphone rather they want the parents to establish technology-related rules.

They hate using phone while driving and most importantly want the parents to practice what they preach, the researchers pointed out.


This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Dec 11, 2016

Digital detox is really a good idea!! I was actually thinking about to switch over to basic phones than using smart phones.. my 18 months old kid will never ask for any video unless he sees me or someone else is using the phone.. jus for his sake I avoid using the phone in front of him most of the time.. they learn from us.. so we as parents should try to avoid using gadgets atleast when we are with the kids..

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| Jul 25, 2016

Digital Detox is a great idea indeed!! The time can be spent in playing games like boggle, monopoly, pictionary with your child, having a story telling session at home where the entire family takes turns in narrating a particular character's part or probably going outdoors and playing games like turnball, badminton, basketball, etc. Subscribe to the toy library friendlytoyz. com for all of these. Follow the link

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| Apr 24, 2016

Totally agree...

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| Mar 30, 2016

Yes it's tru

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| Mar 29, 2016

Dear Maharukh, children learn and imitate from what they see, more than what they are just told to do. These days children see adults busy with their phones all the time. To them, it looks like a natural part of growing up and is an acceptable behaviour.

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| Mar 27, 2016

Sometimes its the other way. If i have a phone in my hand my 6 yrs old son takes it away n keep playing games the whole day. This has been so much that i have to really hide my mobile n keep on silent mode.

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| Mar 27, 2016

True... kids need our time... I always keep my phone away when my baby is up nd play with her.... it really makes a strong bond with your baby n also a more active n happy baby..

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| Mar 24, 2016

100%truly said Useful information shared

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| Mar 23, 2016

Agreed.. Very useful.. We have to change ourselves first...

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| Mar 22, 2016

Quite useful information -- a must read for all parents.

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