Children with parents obsessed with the phone are more likely to DEPRESS
How children with parents obsessed with the phone are more likely to BE DEPRESSED because they feel rejected, rejected and excluded by their family
- Chinese researchers studied 530 students between 13 and 18 years.
- Those who have parents obsessed with the phone are more likely to be depressed
- Parents guilty of ‘phubbing’ often check their phone during meals and always have to be able to see the screen of their device
Parents who ignore their children and use their smartphones instead of paying attention may be putting their children at risk of depression.
Chinese researchers studied 530 students between the ages of 10 and 18 to see if they were victims of parents’ phubbing, an acronym for ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing’, which means it is ignored instead of a telephone.
Children who had parents obsessed with the telephone showed major depressive symptoms when completing a questionnaire than those who received exclusive attention.
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One study has found that children who are ignored by parents who are too focused on their mobile phones are more likely to develop an addiction to suffer symptoms of depression.
WHAT IS PHUBBING?
Phubbing is a social exclusion behavior related to the use of the mobile phone.
Experts say it undermines interpersonal relationships and mental health.
The word ‘phubbing’ itself is an acronym for the words telephone and snub.
To deceive someone is to ignore it and focus on something on their mobile phone, such as text messages or social networks, despite being in their presence.
The term was first coined in 2012 as part of a campaign to stop the practice altogether.
“Based on the definition of” phubbing, “the present study defined” parental phubbing “as a phenomenon in which parents use their mobiles to make a child feel excluded in parent-child interactions,” the researchers explain in the study, published in the Adolescence magazine.
Examples of parental phubbing include regularly checking a phone’s screen during meals and always having to be able to see your phone’s screen.
The Chinese study asked the students to complete a questionnaire, rating their perceptions of warmth and rejection from parents.
The children in the study were aged between ten years and 18 years, with an average age of 13 years.
A questionnaire raised several questions to assess the use of their parents’ smartphones.
One question, for example, said: “During a typical meal with my parents, my parents take out and check their cell phones” and the participants rated this on a scale of one to five.
Examples of parental phubbing include regularly checking a phone’s screen during meals and always having to be able to see your phone’s screen. The Chinese study asked the students to complete a questionnaire, rating their perceptions about the heat and the rejection of the parents (stock)
One was ‘never’ and five was ‘every time’.
Another statement to which the participants had to respond was: ‘My parents put their cell phones where they can see them when we are together.’
A separate questionnaire was then delivered to the same students to assess their depression levels.
The researchers explained in their research that they asked 20 questions and that the students classified their depressive symptoms in the last week on a scale between one and four.
On this scale, one amounted to nothing and four was “a lot.”
When academics evaluated these data, they discovered that the more time parents spend with their devices when they are close to their children, the more likely they will develop depression.
The children of parents who are tied to their phones felt rejected and experienced less warmth from their parents, who believe they are more interested in looking at the screens.