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Par­ents who spend a lot of time on phones or watch­ing tele­vi­sion dur­ing fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties – meals, playtime and bed­time – could harm long-term re­la­tion­ships with their chil­dren.

Illi­nois State Uni­ver­sity and Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan re­searchers say “tech­nofer­ence” can lead to more whin­ing, sulk­ing, frus­tra­tion, hyper­ac­tiv­ity or tantrums.

The study pub­lished in Pe­di­atric Re­search found one de­vice or more in­truded in par­ent-child in­ter­ac­tions at some stage dur­ing the day with the av­er­age par­ent us­ing screens for nine hours a day.

De­vice us­age deprives par­ents of the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide mean­ing­ful emo­tional support and pos­i­tive feed­back, which leads to even more prob­lem­atic be­hav­iour.

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