Is your smartphone wrecking the time you spend with your children?

April 7th 2015 / Ayesha Muttucumaru Google+ Is your smartphone wrecking the time you spend with your children?


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A new survey shows that over a third of parents admit that their quality family time is invaded by work

Are the demands of your job affecting your relationships with your children? New research shows you’re not alone, with over a third of parents admitting that their quality time is likely to be invaded by work.

The survey of 1,000 UK families conducted by alldayPA revealed that 12% of working parents expect to carry out at least 4 hours of unpaid work when away on holiday with their families. 32% admitted that they would take work calls while on holiday, while 36% planned to check and respond to emails.

With the pressure to stay online despite what our Out Of Offices say, it appears our smartphone addictions in particular play a pivotal role in both damaging our health and also our family relationships with 23% saying that their children and/or partner regularly complain about them carrying out work while they are supposed to be ‘off duty’ and 86% of holiday working being carried out on the devices.

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Recent research by the University of Derby found that smartphones were psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with an appropriate health warning, with the average smartphone user spending 3.6 hours per day on their device. Participants admitted the excessive use of mobile devices caused distraction from their jobs and hobbies, with 35% of those surveyed admitting to using their devices in situations where they were banned.

With the spotlight on smartphones being shone brighter than ever before, it could be high time to book in a much-needed digital detox for the sake of our mental health and familial relationships whether home or away.

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