Electronic Media Keeping Kids And Parents Apart

Posted: May 30 2016, 9:19am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Electronic Media Keeping Kids and Parents Apart
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  • The Media is an Evil Demon that is Widening the Communication Gap between Parents and Children

It so happens to be the case that the electronic media is an evil demon that has managed to escape its magic lamp and is now widening the communication gap between parents and their children.

Small talk and shallow minds have replaced real rapport and deep conversations about everything underneath the sky. Look at a typical family in the developed countries and the children can be seen clicking away their mobile phones. Or they are busy watching cable television and forget to even greet their parents in the morning.

The control that parents used to have over their kids in the past is a bygone thing today. So has all the love and warmth evaporated from what is left as a mere empty husk of normal existence. 

This trend is not only seen in adolescents but also in pre-school children to boot. Even mothers are starting to avoid interacting with their babies and older children.

Where has the milk of human kindness gone? Television, smart phones, video games and Internet surfing has replaced the past pursuits which had more of a human touch to them than the cold glass and steel surface of technology. The study took place at the University of Michigan. 

Instead of the feedback coming from the parents alone, this time around sensors were implanted in the home environment all the better to observe the communication that took place in the course of a day between parents and children.

Over 44 families participated in the study. The average daily time of observation was 10 hours. The type of medium and mother-child interaction were both noted down by the researchers. Each time something was said along with rejoinders, the sensors picked up the signals. 

Those mothers who had graduate degrees had children who didn’t have as much exposure to electronic media as those children whose mothers had a high school education.

The kids whose moms were highly educated tended to watch educational programs. These educated moms also had serious conversations with their children as opposed to remaining laconic throughout the day.

Yet those whose mothers were pretty much uneducated tended to spend most of their time in front of an electronic media device and hit the vapid zoned-out state that resembles today’s Net generation.

Those parents who laid out reasonable rules for their kids tended to have more satisfied and well-mannered children who were saved from the deleterious effects of the mass media. The study carries importance for future steps towards a rehabilitation of the state of the family in developed countries.

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