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Study: Smartphone Obsession Leading To More Examples Of ‘Distracted Parenting’

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Children trying to get their parents’ attention have some serious competition.

You could call it “distracted parenting,” when mom and dad pay more attention to their smartphone than their kids, CBS 2’s Jericka Duncan reported Monday.

Minde Christensen is a stay-at-home mom and admits her smartphone can be distracting.

“As my kids are wandering around that I’ll often be checking Facebook or my email and there have been times that I haven’t known where my children are,” Christensen said.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics took a look at the role smartphones play with parents and kids. Researchers observed 55 caregivers with young children at fast food restaurants and found that 40 of the caregivers used mobile devices during their meal – and 16 seemed completely absorbed.

“They seemed to be more engaged with the device than with the children they were with,” said Dr…

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