Cell phone addiction may damage parent-child bond

New York, March 11 (IANS): Do you often play games, check emails or respond to office calls on your cell phone while with family on a dinner? This phone addiction can damage your emotional bonding with kids soon. In a first-of-its-kind study to examine how children behave with adults on phones, researchers from Boston Medical Centre studied 55 parents while they had food at a restaurant with children. They found that one in three parents used their phones almost continuously during the meals. “Parents who were highly absorbed in their devices seemed to have more negative or less engaged interactions with children,” Jenny Radesky, a behavioural pediatrics expert was quoted as saying.