Thanks to a reader for passing this along. A summary of a number of studies. This article will definitely change my behavior. Among the findings here I found stunning:
1) Sarah Coyne, a psychologist at Brigham Young University, found that new mothers often compared themselves with other mothers on social media, and that this behavior was in turn associated with “higher levels of maternal depression.”
2) Parental digital distraction most worries Steiner-Adair when it comes to infants. She warns that looking at your phone while feeding an infant, for example, deprives the child and its developing mind of crucial moments of connection and warmth. “You cannot hold the baby and feed them, and gaze in their eyes, and fill them with that interpersonal nourishment when you are texting with somebody else,” she says. And it’s not just the infant’s brain that requires these moments of connection. “Over time, if we let them, our babies calm us down.
3) Still other research has turned up evidence that parents with young kids don’t speak to them as much when watching a screen. And, according to another study by Jenny Radesky, “parent mobile media has been associated with fewer mother-child interactions.”
4) The resulting study was groundbreaking; it was the first to explore how parents were using personal devices around children. And its headline discovery was disturbing: The more caregivers were absorbed by their smartphones, the more harshly they treated the children they were with.
I am so guilty of letting my phone distract me during home-time. No more. Maybe I’ll put it away during dinner prep and our meal. Maybe I’ll put it away from 6:00 – 9:00, not sure. But it’s going away. I saw myself in this article more than I was comfortable with.