If it seems you and your kids are increasingly ships passing in between texts, you’re onto something.
A new study of 1,000 British parents found that the average parents spends just five hours a week communicating face-to-face with their kids.
Some 43% say TV time cuts into their family time, while 51% say their children spend too much time in their own rooms. And not surprisingly, 44% blame their kids sticking their faces into their digital devices for parents’ lack of personal communication with their offspring.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Cadbury Heroes assorted chocolates, also found that the average child begins to actively try to avoid his or her parents around 13 years old. Also not surprisingly, 73% of respondents say the teenage years brought about changes in their relationships with their kids.
The poll showed, too, that 46% of parents only talk to their kids a maximum of four hours each week, despite the fact that 54% wished they could spend more time with them.
They’re certainly trying, according to the poll, which found 80% of parents try to take an “active interest” in their kids’ likes, with 20% saying they’ve learned how to play Fortnite in an effort to relate. Thirty-three percent say they’ve tried to listen to their kids’ favorite bands for the sake of bonding.
Lastly, a quarter of the parents polled have tried to adopt their youngsters’ slang to relate. Cringe.