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Most Parents Think Interruptions From Phones Harm Families, Survey Suggests

Utah Public Radio Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

Preliminary results from a new survey suggest that the majority of people think interruptions from technology are harmful to their family. Technoference occurs when technology interferes with human interactions and relationships. “I admit it even happened to me.” said Dr. David Schramm, an assistant professor and extension specialist at Utah State University. “My son came up for breakfast one morning, and I’m on my phone, and he walked by me. And that’s when my wife had to call me out and she said, ‘Honey, say good morning to your son.’ That’s technoference. It’s influencing my life, it’s influencing others, even when they go out to dinner. I could see it’s a real big problem, so I wanted to do a little investigation of my own.” Schramm developed an online survey to investigate technoference. He distributed it to 631 parents across the United States. The survey gauged parents’ perceptions on how technology interfaces with family relationships and marital quality.

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