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Parents pass on smartphone addiction to their children

Parents are passing on their smartphone addiction to their kids.

Researchers claim that adults are guilty of phubbing - ignoring somebody in favour of their phone - and damaging their relationship with their children as a result.

When parents were unable to put down the devices, phone addiction was also shown to be much higher in teenagers.

The study, conducted by a public health team at China's Lanzhou and Shenzhen Universities, tracked smartphone use among almost 10,000 teenagers and found a clear correlation between them and their parents.

Dr. Yanni Wang, writing in the Journal of Affective Disorders, said: "Adolescents had a higher tendency toward addiction when their parents excessively used smartphones.

"Overuse has become a social issue for adolescents, affecting personal lives and academic achievements. It can have debilitating effects on physical and mental health, causing fatigue, indigestion problems, sleep disturbance, depression, anxiety and impulsiveness."

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