Monday, 21 July 2014
Who's more addicted to technology: Parents or kids?
It may be a sign of the times, but is technology taking over the way we communicate with each other?
A new report says that 70% of children feel their parents are glued to their mobile phones, whilst 60% of parents believe their kids spend too much time on their devices.
The research also revealed 20% of kids believe their parents put work before their family, whilst 40% admit they sometimes communicate with their parents by text, email, and social media at home, when they're in another room.
It's therefore no wonder that more than 40% of parents agree that they and their children suffer from digital hangovers, with symptoms ranging from tiredness and fatigue to irritability after using mobile devices at night.
And it's not just in the home where families are hooked on their gadgets, with a quarter of parents surveyed admitting that on a family day out or holiday they and their child will have their mobile devices with them at all times.
The research was conducted by the New Forest National Park Authority, which thinks it may have the answer to leaving technology behind, for a while anyway.
New Forest National Park has created the world's first Tech Crèche to offer visitors a proper family day out, leaving their car and technology behind.
Tech Crèche has recently launched allowing users to leave their car keys and digital valuables in a secured vault, which they can collect whenever they wish. Kds wanting to let their parents know they want more family time, or vice versa, can do so by downloading a free Tech Crèche voucher from the New Forest NPA website, which simply asks for more quality family time.
To find out more about the how you can find the perfect day out, without a car or technological distractions, visit the New Forest National Park website.