Are smartphones cutting into quality time with kids or making more possible? Big debate and "The New York times" says it might help us be better parents. ABC's nick watt has the story. Reporter: She's... See More
Are smartphones cutting into quality time with kids or making more possible? Big debate and "The New York times" says it might help us be better parents. ABC's nick watt has the story. Reporter: She's doing it. He's doing it. I'm always doing it. Daddy. Reporter: Just one second. Reporter: Let's be honest, we all do it. We spend time with our kids but frequently staring at our phones at the same time. Momma. Momma. Reporter: It's bad. You may be actually undermining the child's sense of importance in your life. Your body is there but your heart isn't. There have been times when I'm looking at my phone and my son has to yell at me to get my attention. Reporter: Is that right? Yep. Reporter: But "The New York times" tech writer and father of two says the smartphone is a plus for parenting. It's actually allowing us to be with our kids at times where in the past you might have just had to stay in the office. Reporter: But lay down some laws. My wife sets rules for me. One rule is like never during dinner. Never during while we're eating. I think what you need to do is a to your child I'm not going to talk to you right now. I'm going to be working on my cell phone and then when you're done, a short while later, you stop and say, and now I'm going to spend time with you. Reporter: This is something that I feel guilty and bad about every single day of my life. You were telling me I should be okay with it? I think you should feel less guilty. Reporter: About this. Throw the ball. One second, milo. Reporter: For "Good morning America," nick watt, ABC news, playing with my smartphone and my child.
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