Have you ever found yourself constantly checking your smartphone with your little one beside you? Sometimes, you may even find yourself not hearing what your child is trying to say or ask. If you think you this parent, this post from Quartz is something for you to reflect on.
They are talking about technoference. This term describes the attention we pay to devices, which interrupt our interpersonal communication with others.
- While technology is very helpful in supporting overwhelmed parents and growing children, experts agree that it is best to avoid or limit screen time when dealing with infants and toddlers.
- Experts are concerned about the devastating effects of technoference on the development of babies and little children.
- Studies show that technoference may be associated with greater behavioral problems among children.
The most important thing for little people in the zero-to-three range is interactions with human beings. Anything that disrupts the timing, or the meaningfulness, or the emotional quality of that interaction can have consequences on both parents and kids and on their relationship.Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
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