More than two-thirds of parents in the U.S. are of the thought that parenting has become a lot harder than it was 20 years ago. And the majority of them cite technology as one of the biggest reasons.
Parenting is not an easy task. It never was and never will be. But the additional challenges that parents face with the introduction of technology to their children’s lives is unprecedented and most parents feel that while tech has made a lot many things easier, it has definitely added new setbacks to the already prevalent challenges of parenthood.
According to a 2020 report published by Pew Research Center, almost 66% of parents in the U.S are of the view that parenting is a lot harder today than it was 20 years ago. When asked, most of the parents from the group quoted technology as one of the prime reasons behind the behavioural shift amongst their kids.
In today’s day and age, we cannot simply keep away from technology. It’s an ever-present part of our lives and with each passing day, the amount of time humans spend interacting with technology is only increasing. It directly impacts kid’s tech usage as well. It is impossible to keep the younger generations away from interacting with technology.
Ask any parent and their top worry is- “my kid is always on the phone or he doesn’t eat unless he watches his fav cartoon show.” Kid’s screen time is one of the most debated topics. How do you decide how much is too much? How does it impact their child’s behaviour and development? A lot of parents reach out to doctors and experts to get a piece of professional advice on the topic. Even the World Health Organization issues certain guidelines on how much time young kids should be investing in front of their screens.
One of the most highly discussed topics among parents today is how much screen time is perfect for the kids. And how does this screen time influence their development? Amid these growing questions, the World Health Organization issued certain guidelines the previous year on the ideal time that kids should be spending on their phones, laptops or other digital devices.
There is a growing concern about how technology affects children’s brains, bodies and cognitive and physical growth. The majority of societies and organizations working towards kids’ development have advocated putting a limitation on kids’ screen time. However, there is not enough robust research to back up the claim.
We conducted some research on impact of child’s technology, here is a infographic we’ve collected from Statista.