Yep, you read that correctly. TV, once the end-all, be-all coveted form of home entertainment, is not being turned into a form of punishment when mobile-device use is restricted.
Come again? In a fascinating report by Miner & Co. Studio, researchers discovered that the tube is no longer the screen of choice for kids who have access to tablets and smartphones. More than half (57%) of parents surveyed said their children now prefer to watch video on a handheld device rather than on TV. And it turns out kids are so enamored with their personal screens — researchers posit that mobile devices offer a form of “entertainment autonomy” favored by children — that some parents resort to taking the tablets away when behaviors act up and instead offering the television instead, as punishment.
And if you find that confusing, you might be even more baffled by another finding int he report: If kids are forced to choose between screen time and dessert, almost half will go for the digital device. When given the choice between spending quality time with the tablet or having dessert, 41% of the parents surveyed said their kids would pick the screen over the snack.
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