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1 in 4 mums spend more time online than with children

A study by the UK’s leading discount website of 1,201 mothers has found that 21% of respondents spend more time on the Internet throughout the day than they do with their children.

Research has found that chat forums, social networking sites and gaming sites are contributing to a decline in the time mums spend with their children.

The study found that 21% of mums admit they spend more time surfing the internet in a day than they do spending quality time with their children.

A further 49% admit to spending more time online than watching TV throughout the day, and almost 1 in 3, 32%, spend more time on the internet than they do completing household chores, including cooking.

According to the study, the mums spent an average of two and a half hours online per day, with 12% saying they were on it for more than 3 hours a day. 1% said they used the internet for more than 5 hours a day throughout the week.

“Finding a balance between time spent online and other responsibilities is extremely important, and something parents need to be mindful of.”

When asked the multi-answer question, “which of the following website types do you spend the most time on?” 33% of the mothers agreed that social networking sites contributed to the bulk of the time they spent online.

In order of most to least, the websites that the respondents claimed to spend the majority of their time on were as follows;

1.       Social networks – 33%

2.       Online gaming – 22%

3.       Shopping sites – 19%

4.       Forums – 11%

5.       News sites – 6%

6.       Gossip sites – 4%

7.       Virtual worlds – 3%

8.       Other – 2%

The study also found that 1 in 5 mums use instant messaging platforms such as MSN Messenger to communicate with friends and family.

Andy Cole, parenting expert  said the following about the findings;

“Finding a balance between time spent online and other responsibilities is extremely important, and something parents need to be mindful of.”

He continued,

“Online gaming and shopping websites are hugely popular, as shown by the study. However, parents should schedule time to surf the web when it doesn’t affect time with their children, perhaps after their child has gone to bed or whilst they are doing homework.”

 

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