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What happens when our kids detox from ‘digital heroin’

December 31, 2016
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Kids are more likely to snuggle when adults are reading real books to them than when they are reading tablets. This is the result of a new, albeit small, study from some British psychologists published in Frontiers in Psychology. Researchers at the University of Sussex compared how 24 children and their mothers shared storybooks versus stories on electronic readers and found that among the former there was “a significant increase in the warmth of the parent/child interactions: more laughter, more smiling, more shows of affection.” These are the kind of stories that make parents feel guilty. And they make us want to rethink our families’ relationship to technology. We know that our phones and tablets are taking away valuable time from our families. We know that they’re making our children more distracted from their schoolwork and their social interactions. We know that they’re killing dinner time and keeping us from focusing on our children and our spouses. And now it turns out that they’re making our children less likely to cuddle with us? Fortunately, it’s that time of year when we can at least make a good faith effort to turn things around. So this year, let’s resolve to change the way we use technology and the way our children do. It’s important to note that many Silicon Valley execs seriously curtail their own kids’ screen time. In 2010, Steve Jobs told The New York Times that his own children hadn’t tried his latest invention, the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home,” Jobs said. So can we all. We could start by limiting the...

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