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Distracted Parents

 
Distracted Parents

Moms and dads aren't keeping an eye on the kids, because they're looking at something else.... their devices, like smartphones and tablets.

A group of researchers in the Boston area watched 55 caregivers, usually a parent, eating and interacting with one or more kids in fast food restaurants.

Out of the 55, 40 were looking at a mobile device during the meal. Sixteen of those were using it while eating.

Three adults gave it to the kids to keep them occupied.

The results of the small pilot study have been released Monday in the journal Pediatrics, and the conclusion: moms and dads are really distracted these days.

--Rob Archer

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