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Parents Are Unconcerned With Children’s Technology Addiction

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As we become more and more reliant on technology, it can be assumed that parents would become concerned with their children's use of smart phones and other devices. But on the contrary, one new study found that parents are largely unconcerned that their children would become addicted to technology. Northwestern University found that an overwhelming 59 percent of parents surveyed were largely unconcerned. This study was based on observations made from patterns of technology use, how parents viewed technology and how family life revolves around those devices.

Remi Orue mother of two teenage boys said, "This is what they do, this is what they're interested in. As long as they're doing other things and doing things I ask them to do and participating in hanging out with their friends and going to work, I'm not as concerned about it compared to other parents."

Children as young as 5 years old are hopping on smart phones, iPads and other devices. This has other parents in Texoma deeply concerned.

"I just think we've lost the art of communication and especially with children because they grow up with it and it's second nature to them" said Rita Underwood.

Experts say it's commonly the parents who are responsible for introducing their children to technology. It is highly recommended that they monitor the amount of time their children spend on laptops and other devices on a daily basis. In the end, parents say they are only trying to keep up with the changing times.

"I think it's just part of life. Its technology. We don't have a choice but to grow with it or not deal with it at all" said Alejandro Ochoa.

On average, adults spend about 35 hours while children spend about 31 hours a week on the computer or on a smartphone.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.

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