Are modern moms and dads too distracted by their phones?

Are modern moms and dads too distracted by their phones?
Are you a parent? Even if you are not, chances are you will be one day, which is why we would recommend taking a good look at this Tumblr feed called "Parents on Phones". As the name implies, the photos in the collection are of moms and dads who seem to be neglecting their child since they are too busy doing stuff on their smartphone.

The feed brings forth an interesting topic, namely whether the modern parent is too distracted by their smartphone. It is true that today's handsets are more versatile than ever, but the more stuff we can do with them, the harder it gets to put them down. Sure, some people would have the will to leave sending that email for later or won't be checking out their wall posts when they should be playing with their kid, yet that might prove a bit too hard of a challenge for others.

We have embedded some of the photos from Parents on Phones below, so check them out and tell us what you think. Are smartphones really that much of a distraction for the modern parent?

source: Parents on Phones (Tumblr) via Textually

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12 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The kids will be saying, HELL YEAH!

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Am I the only one who thought the article said....modem moms and dads...lol? Not just moms and dads....but people in general are too distracted. I also worry about us becoming too dependent on technology, electronics. I bought my kids a football, frisbee, kites....they need to get out the house more.

9. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

im going to buy my kids real working lightsabers. not only are they fun, but they keep the bugs away and theyre good for self defense weapon.

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

some say distracted others say we are talking more then ever

3. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Im only proud of my dad using his camera on the phone, and my mom using a touch-screen phone.

4. cpmBurst

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

The girl in number 5 has an excuse. She seems to only have one leg. *joking*

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol we are just preparing for our teenagers ignoring us with cell phones duh

6. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

I just got back from Universal Studios Orlando and I saw this almost all day, all 3 days I was there. There was even a time where I witnessed a baby wailing and crying and the mom didn't look up, only saying, "Hush. Shh. Be quiet." Along with a dad yelling at his kid because the boy was being loud and interrupting the father's special time with his phone. I do think this is getting a little out of hand. It's nice to have the smartphones and tablets, but kids need attention and care. Not paying attention while you are out with your children could potentially be dangerous as well.

7. geearede

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I put this kind of behaviour up there with texting while driving. Someone might not get killed but it is seriously damaging the most fundamental and influential relationship in your life. These parents will only end up raising kids who will grow up to do crazy things like texting while driving.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm a parent of three young daughters. Me and my wife have this problem, I'm technology obsessed to where my wife has to yell at me to put the phone away even while on family trips. There's something in the desire to stay up to date with tech news that is my reason for having my nose buried into my screen. But right after yelling at me I often find my wife staring at her phone looking at Facebook or something equally as life sucking, which then I have to point out. But then I get yelled at that she needs some "me time." It really is a problem of the modern parent, however the majority of these parents would probably find another outlet to ignore their children for, but smartphones are taking the cake right now in fault.

10. alihafeez

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I truly am distracted... it's a very bad addiction... am trying to delete excessive points of contact to lessen this addiction.

11. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

when my kids are around i just throw my phone in the closet unless i need to make a call or if we are out i just leave it in the car, phones are like drugs you see people just addicted to it no need to be an addict.

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