Research shows that some caregivers pay more attention to tech than kids

By WEEK Producer

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM CDT

BOSTON -- New research shows that some parents are missing important moments with their children by being too focused on technology.

Researchers at Boston Medical Center observed how 55 caregivers interacted with young children while they were eating at fast food restaurants.

They found that some of the adults were absorbed in their smartphones and other devices; ignoring the kids during the meal.

Experts say face to face conversations are crucial to kids' development of language and social skills.

"How to take turns in a conversation and build those sorts of social skills, how to build empathy, you need to be take someone else's perspective, watch their facial reactions," said Jenny Radesky, M.D.

Researchers say the study is a good reminder for moms and dads to turn off their phones and tune into their kids.

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