Smartphones are undeniably one of the most important innovations in communication, but they're also undeniably a tool that can lead to constant distraction. While kids may be susceptible to the allure of smartphones, what if children aren't the ones abusing their smartphones as much as their parents are?
A new paper suggests that parents are too attached to their smartphones, which draws attention away from their young children. This, in turn, could be leading to more injuries on the playground.
Craig Palsson, a graduate student in the Yale economics department, assembled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System which is run by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The government doesn't collect this data from people's phones; instead, it uses a sample of emergency room injuries involving consumer products, according to The New York Times.
So how do iPhones cause children injuries? Well, there's a series of events that have taken place, says Palsson: