December activities, such as holiday parties and family holidays, are great for the brain, researchers say.
But they can also be frustrating for parents.
A new study by researchers at the University of Utah found that children who spend more time in a room with a TV and video game can be distracted from other activities.
The study also found that parents who spend most of their time watching TV or playing video games can become less engaged with their children.
“This finding is significant because TV and other video game use can be a form of social isolation,” the researchers wrote in the study, which was published online on December 4.
“Children may be less engaged, or even bored, with other activities in the home, such that they may not be able to interact with the family or peers in a meaningful way.”
In other words, they may be more likely to become bored with the home.
The researchers said their findings might help parents figure out which children’s activity to focus on and how to best engage with them.
In other ways, it’s an important study.
For one, it shows that parents are more likely than not to take their children out of their rooms if they don’t like them, which could be a good thing for children.
Another, it can help us better understand how parents respond to their kids’ behavior.
Parents who spend a lot of time in their homes, the study found, are more than twice as likely to be physically restrained or to engage in physical punishment.
That might not sound like much, but it could be more important for children who are isolated.
“These findings provide a powerful model to help us understand how people respond to children who have been social isolated, especially in our home,” said lead researcher Julia L. Shor of the University at Albany.
“We have an opportunity to learn from other families and to think about how to be more effective at engaging with children who do not like the home environment.”
The study, “The Role of TV and Video Games in the Development of Disconnectedness: The Role of Children and Family Relationships,” was published in the journal Developmental Psychology.
The findings were based on data from more than 4,000 children ages 5 to 14, and included both home- and school-based assessments.
The data also was gathered in two locations, one in Utah and one in Washington.
The researchers were looking at the role of TV watching and video games playing in the development of disconnectedness, which is a term used to describe a child who is not in a healthy or positive relationship with their parents.
A lot of research has been done in this area, including one study published in 2013 that found that TV watching is linked to poor academic performance in boys, and another study published last year that found children who watched television were more likely, on average, to show aggression toward other children.
The new study is the first to study how the amount of time kids spend in a TV or video game environment affects their engagement with their family and peers.
The research team also found parents who spent most of the time watching video games were more than three times as likely as parents who watched less than two hours per week to have a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
The children in the second study were also more likely not to have their parents with them during the study period.
“Our findings suggest that watching TV and/or video games during the first year of life may help improve children’s relationships and the way they interact with their families,” Shor said.
“In addition, the association between TV watching, ADHD, and poor academic outcomes may also be due to the increased time spent with their parent during the second year of childhood.”
The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health.
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