Technology Use During Dinner time


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Family meal time has changed with the emergence of technology. In order to study this, Radesky, et al. (2014) observed families at public restaurants. To describe technology use and parent­child interaction, the present study replicated this method. After receiving IRB approval, we observed 109 families at dinner time. Fifty­three percent of 161 caregivers did not use a device, and 17% of our caregivers were coded as highly absorbed with a device. These results suggest that device use is nuanced and it may be most useful to examine when and how the device being used.

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Jennifer Dyer-Seymour
Professor, Department of Psychology

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Gary Petersen

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