More screen time leads to fewer imaginary friends for children poll says

Are screens killing off the imaginary friends of children?According to a poll by daynurseries.co.uk,the answer is yes.The poll included 1,000 nursery worker respondents and suggests that children have less imaginary friends now than they did in the past, the Daily Mail reports.Seventy-two percent of respondents said they believed children have fewer imaginary friends now than five years ago.Sixty-three percent of respondents claimed increased screen time is making children less imaginative.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.David Wright, the owner of Paint Pots Nursery group in Southampton, England, said: “One or two children in our nursery do have imaginary friends but they mainly come out at home, when children are alone,” the Daily Mail reports.“When children have free time to themselves, they find something creative to do with their mind, such as forming an imaginary friend,” Wright said.“I think that children are not allowed to be ‘bored’ anymore,” he added.One of the issues, Wright said, is that nowadays children have an expectation to be entertained constantly, which hinders their ability to use their imagination. GLASS HALF EMPTY: Study suggests need for glasses doubles in teens due to excessive screen times Curb child gadget addiction: Apple investors According to Dr. Paige Davis, a psychology lecturer at York St John University, imaginary friends are typically created between the ages of five to seven to help kids deal with a certain situation they are going through.Davis also spoke to the way modern technology has transformed how children play.“Back when you didn’t have TV, or kids watched a lot less TV, you would have this spontaneous play that they created, that they were using their minds without any other thing, other than maybe a bolster from a parent or another child,” she said, adding, “Now you have these kids that think ‘oh, we have to play like this’ because that’s the structure of the TV.” read more

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