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Technoference?

January 2018

CHICAGO, Ill. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Technology allows us to connect to our friends and family around the world, but what is it doing to our relationships at home? A new study is suggesting that our devices are creating a disconnect between parents and kids, something that social scientists have dubbed technoference.  Here are some guidelines for parents to follow when they are physically present with their child, so technology won’t interfere.

Email, text messages, phone calls, social media and keeping up with friends. Technology is good for so many things; however, it can also be distracting.

Family scientist Brandon McDaniel, PhD, of Illinois State University calls this kind of interference, “technoference.”

“It’s a term that deals with the everyday very minor sorts of intrusions, interruptions that our technology devices may illicit,” McDaniel told Ivanhoe.

McDaniel and his team studied 170 families with kids age five years or younger. They asked parents to rate how often they felt cellphones and other devices were intruding on their interactions with their child. They found parents who had a harder time managing their own phone use were more likely to also have technoference occurring in their relationship with their child. Greater technoference was also linked to worse behavior in children.

“Then what we also saw is they were seeing more problem behaviors in their child so their child was more likely to be acting out or hyperactive or crying,” detailed McDaniel.

McDaniel suggests creating tech-free zones or times. These can be when parents are putting their child to bed or during mealtimes. Family members can stack their phones or put them in a basket when entering these zones. Putting these devices away can help ensure that parents are spending quality time with the ones who matter the most.

Another thing McDaniel suggests to parents is to download an app that will track technology use. He says it will allow parents to find out whether they are on their phones more often than they think and could motivate them to change their behavior when it comes to technology use.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising and Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Bob Walko, Editor; Roque Correa ,Videographer.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Spanish Translation

CHICAGO, Ill. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — La tecnología nos pone el universo en las manos y nos permite comunicarnos con seres queridos en todo el mundo. Pero quizás, nos está separando de las personas que tenemos a nuestro lado. Un nuevo estudio indica que la tecnología está creando un abismo entre padres e hijos, algo denominado tecno interferencia.

Desde el correo electrónico, a los mensajes de texto y llamadas telefónicas, la tecnología nos permite una comunicación instantánea y sin fronteras. Pero también puede distraernos e interferir con nuestras relaciones familiares, algo que Brandon McDaniel, investigador de la Universidad Estatal de Illinois denomina tecno interferencia. McDaniel y su equipo estudiaron el comportamiento de 170 familias con hijos de 5 años o menores. Les preguntaron a los padres en que nivel pensaban que los teléfonos y aparatos electrónicos  interferían en su interacción con sus hijos. Determinaron que los padres que estaban más atados a sus celulares tenían más tecno interferencia en su relación con los niños, algo que también estaba ligado a peores patrones de conducta en los pequeños.

McDaniel sugiere crear zonas o periodos de tiempo libres de aparatos electrónicos, ya sea a la hora de dormir o durante las comidas. Todos los miembros de la familia pueden poner los celulares en una cesta cuando entran a estas zonas, para evitar ser padres distraídos y darle así toda nuestra atención a quienes más importan.

¿Otra sugerencia útil? Los padres pueden bajar un app que monitorea el uso de cada aparato. De esta forma pueden determinar cuánto tiempo realmente pasan pegados a sus aparatos, y quizás les motivara a cambiar su hábitos.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora  Y Productora de Campo; Milvionne Chery, Productora Assistente; Bob Walko, Editor; Roque Correa, Camarografo.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.