"And when parents focus on their digital world first — ahead of their children — there can be deep emotional consequences for the child, Steiner-Adair says. “We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don’t matter, they’re not interesting to us, they’re not as compelling as anybody, anything, any ping that may interrupt our time with them,” she says."
From Morning Edition today.
But I don’t think this is limited to children. That’s the message we send our friends, romantic partners, parents, and anyone else we’re spending time with in person. Obviously what these researchers are pointing out with this study are the long-term affects on a kid’s psyche but I posit that we’re equal-opportunity rudists.
This! I heard this story on the way to work this morning and thought the exact same thing.