A mother from San Diego has shared a plea to parents to put down their smartphones after conducting an experiment with her own children.
Brandie Wood shared a post on Facebook in November 2015, explaining her experiment, reports Little Things.
"Today I did an experiment, I watched my boys play," Wood wrote. "As I sat quietly in the corner of the room I tallied how many times they looked at me for various reasons: to see if I saw their cool tricks, to seek approval or disapproval for what they were doing, and to watch my reactions."
After Wood finished the experiment and saw how many tallies she marked down while her children played, she said, "I couldn't help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending?"
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In total, Wood made 28 marks.
"28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them," she wrote. "28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters."
In her post, Wood made a plea to other parents to spend quality time with their children and to put down the phones.
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"The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don’t be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending," she wrote.
Wood told The Huffington Post she has been guilty of spending too much time on social media herself. She said, "This experience has completely humbled me to be more present."