Study: Gadgets distract some parents at family dinners

Study: Gadgets distract some parents at family dinners

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Experts say mealtimes are a great chance for parents and kids to catch up and connect. But researchers studying eating habits found a lot of adults were preoccupied with their phones, according to the Journal of Pediatrics. So have smartphones made parents more distracted?

Dr. Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and babycenter.com contributor, says she is concerned about the new study by Boston Medical Center. It said about 40 percent of adults eating with children paid attention to their phones or tablets almost continuously through the meal.

Dr. Ludwig says a separate study the baby center was part of showed that 46 percent of adults admit being addicted to their smartphones.

Since 2011, 75 percent of moms say mobile devices are a distraction from parenting duties.

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