Study: Cell Phones Causing Parents To Ignore Their Kids

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- When we go out to eat at a restaurant, we often see parents fully engaged with their cell phones.

Chad Powell, a waiter and bartender at Baja Bean Company in Staunton, said he sees that type of behavior all the time.

"There are a few that are more rambunctious, you know," said Powell.

He notices some guests pay more attention to their phones than their children, "I think social media has taken away a lot from conversing."

The study sampled 55 caregivers with children at fast food restaurants and noted that more than half of the caregivers were glued in their phones rather than actually interacting with the child.

Dr. David Meyer with Augusta Psychological Associates said that mealtime is an important part of the day for families and giving less attention during that time could have negative effects on a child.

"If people or individuals within the family are preoccupied with their cell phones and things like that that can certainly breakdown the interaction patterns and parents may not communicate with their children very much and vice versa," said Meyer.

"If you're not going to pay attention to a kid, what's the kid going to do," said Powell.

Powell said there's no better time for children to misbehave than when a parent is preoccupied with on the cell phone.


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