Everyone is at it this summer. A new study shows that almost half of families are going on a ‘digital detox’ over the holidays – because they are worried their kids spend too much time on gadgets.
We’re as guilty as the next set of parents…
Although phones and tablets are a great way to keep little ones quiet for 10 minutes, we’re all spending far too much time in front of screens. A typical household owns seven different devices between them, whittling away nine hours and 28 minutes a day on screens collectively.
And where very little children are involved, we can’t even pass them off as educational.
“Technology has transformed family life over the years. We can stay in touch over great distances, co-ordinate our diaries, research homework, and of course, play games and watch TV and videos when we want to,” says Liam Howley, marketing director at musicMagpie, which commissioned the research.
“But many parents are worried about the amount of time their kids are spending on their devices.”
It’s not as easy as you think to go on a digital detox, though. Of the two in five parents who have previously attempted a digital detox, just half of these would describe it as a success. What’s more, almost half of mums and dads confessed to breaking the ban themselves, giving in to their desire to use their tech.
Almost half agreed, however, that they talked more as a family and learnt something new about their kids.
Which is evidence enough for us.
Mumfidential is thus going OFF LINE for an August digital detox.
Will you do it with us?