60 Percent of Parents Say They Use Their Smartphones More Than Their Kids

Excessive screen time has turned into a real problem because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up causing mental health issues for children. Adults are not exactly exempt from such ill effects, and it turns out that a majority of parents might be using their smartphones more than their own children.

This data is coming out of a survey commissioned by Campspot and conducted by OnePoll, and asked questions of around 2000 parents. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that parents spend approximately 5 hours per day on their devices. 60% of the people that responded to this survey also mentioned that they want to cut down on screen time so that they can spend more time with their kids than might have been the case otherwise.

79% of parents admitted that spending quality time with their kids can become more meaningful in the absence of electronic devices. This is unsurprising, considering that 80% of parents own at least three devices, whereas 81% of children own two or more with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Parents are using a variety of methods to reduce screen time and use those extra hours to bond with their children. 52% are using the common sense approach of limiting how much them and their children use phones or any other devices on a day to day basis.

63% are going so far as to make certain parts of their home device free, which might force them and their kids to do something else for a change. What’s more, 74% are setting time limits after which smartphone usage will be banned, and 76% are attempting to make their kids go outside more often than they currently do.

Finding activities over the summer is also turning into a popular choice, with 59% going for hikes, and 58% apiece going on picnics and spending the day at water parks or amusement parks that don’t involve any type of technology to an extent.

Read next: UNESCO Urges Schools To Get Rid Of Smartphones From Classrooms Before it’s Too Late
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