Thursday Open Thread

November 12, 2014

Did you know that the spread of smartphone technology has made us all so distracted as parents, that our kids are breaking more bones because we’re so busy ignoring them?

That’s the totally reasonable conclusion reached by this Yale graduate student’s study.

Palsson found that between 2005 and 2012, during the time the telecom giant expanded its speediest cell phone coverage, injuries to children under 5 increased 10 percent. Injuries to kids 6 to 10 years old—those of an age who, presumably, do not need focused parental supervision—did not increase. Palsson uses this difference to show that distracted parenting is the cause.

Seems totally logical, amirite? And don’t you just admire the New York Times for giving coverage to this groundbreaking study? BLECH.

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