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March 13, 2019 Wednesday 12:09:23 PM IST
Mobile Devices Create 'Alone Together' Atmosphere at Home

New research shows that use of digital mobile devices has resulted in children spending more time inside home but they get a feeling of being 'alone together'.

An analysis of data from 2000-2015 by researchers of University of Warwick and Oxford shows that children spending time with their families have risen by about 30 minutes per day but along with it they felt that ‘alone together’ time had also increased.  Increased time spent at home was utilised by parents and children to interact with their mobile devices. This may help in interacting with friends and family members outside home. On the positive side, it was also noted that traditional values of spending quality time for shared meals, hobbies and attending to household chores haven't decreased.

Mobile devices help the family members stay connected with people outside the family and it may not be a distraction if all members optimise its use and find time for shared activities that help in bonding.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jomf.12564

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