Parents Neglecting Children for Smartphones

“Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and research associate in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, interviewed 1,000 kids between the ages of 4 and 18 for her 2013 book The Big Disconnect. Many of them said they no longer run to the door to greet their parents because the adults are so often on their phones when they get home. And it gets worse once they’re through the door. One of the smartphone’s terrible, mysterious powers, from a child’s perspective, is its ability ‘to pull you away instantly, anywhere, anytime,’ Dr. Steiner-Adair writes. Because what’s happening on the smartphone screen is inscrutable to others, parents often seem to have simply gotten sucked into another dimension, leaving their kid behind. ‘To children, the feeling is often one of endless frustration, fatigue and loss.’”

“Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy,” The Globe and Mail, Apr. 10, 2018