Parental cellphone absorption is defined as parents engaging with a cellular device rather than their child. The present study attempted to answer the question of what relationship exists between parental cellphone usage and parent-child interactions. A study of literature was conducted using an inductive approach. While many insist that cellphone use increases the levels of perceived connectedness for users, evidence suggests that this usage is leading to negative and even harmful effects for children and parent-child relationships. Fewer verbal and nonverbal interactions, harsh punishment and insensitivity to children’s needs were all thematic. Children feel a sense of emotional disconnect from their highly absorbed parents. Considering the high level of cell phone use and the ways this technology has permeated daily family life, it is essential to gain a fuller understating of the impact on the relationships between parents and their children and the ways in which parenting practices are implemented.
Amy Kelly is a graduating senior at Kent State Stark. She is majoring in human development and family studies with a concentration in family life education. Amy has an insatiable desire to learn. But, more so, an even stronger desire to share the knowledge she has with others. Working as an undergraduate research assistant for two consecutive semesters and previous research conference experience has led Amy to further explore conducting research in a professional setting. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education in human development and family studies by completing a master’s degree at Kent State before eventually pursuing a PhD. Her long term career goal is to teach in a research-driven university.