Are Your Kids Jealous of Your Cell Phone?

I have a vivid childhood memory of trying to get my mom’s attention while she was engrossed in her “shows” and failing miserably. And today's technology—beloved laptops, precious iPads and ubiquitous "crackberries"—seem even more impossible to resist than TV. (Who hasn’t accidentally left their cell phone at home and felt a stab of sheer panic upon realizing it?)

In fact, The New York Times is reporting research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on how parents' use of technology affects their kids. Not surprisingly, kids repeatedly report feeling hurt, jealous and frustrated when they have to battle some contraption or other for mom or dad’s attention.

Parents often claim they need to be plugged in 24/7 for “work.” But I wonder if the real distraction is more often Twitter, Facebook, Solitaire or Scrabble. There are folks who argue that technology allows many parents to work from home, which increases the potential for quality time with their kids. I’ll concede to the time part, but the quality is definitely debatable.

How does technology affect quality time with your kids? Chime in below!

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