Parents say excessive phone usage hurting relationship with children

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Parents always suggest their children to stay away from the excessive use of smartphones. But a recent study by Vivo revealed that 80 percent of parents spend their time on smartphones even when they are with their kids and a whopping 74 percent of parents confessed that excessive use of their smartphones is hurting their relationship with kids.

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  • Parents admitted they were irritated when children asked for something while they themselves were immersed in their smartphones, which shows just how strong the addiction is in the case of adults. Indeed, smartphones have become an essential tool in our daily lives, allowing us to stay in touch with friends and family.
  • During Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, it was even more important, which improved our general quality of life by making us feel comfortable, secure, and entertained at home. But our usage of smartphones has skyrocketed in recent times as study mentioned that there has been a 32 percent increase in the time spent on smartphones from the pre-Covid period and it does have an impact on our relations now.
  • People claim to spend an average of 6.5 hours of the day on their smartphone. Overall dependency on smartphones left no sacred space as 70 percent of people tend to use their smartphone while having even food, and 75 percent use their smartphone while sitting with family.
  • Given the pandemic, and with schools yet to fully reopen, there’s no doubt that children are spending more time at home, and it is understandable that parents rely on the screen to keep them ‘distracted.’
  • While in the pre-COVID era (before March 2020), the time spent was 4.94 hours on average, and it spiked to around 6.8 hours during COVID, it has only dipped slightly to 6.5 hours during the existing time period.

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