Steven Wright: Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them on the beach…it pisses me off! I’ll go over to a little baby and say “What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!”
Groupon recently did a survey and found that families will spend an average of six hours a day staring at smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and other devices. That’s a third of your day!
Other things the survey showed us:
- More than three quarters of parents feel their child’s screen exposure influences their mood and 62 percent of parents say they face regular battles to get their children to put down their devices
- Parents identified hitting the beach, attending a BBQ, going on a road trip, visiting a zoo, and going to a water park as the top five essential ways to get the most out of their family’s summer
With warmer weather finally arriving in most parts of the country and the school year winding down to a close, Groupon asked 1,000 U.S. parents how much time their families plan to spend on their electronic devices this summer–and the results were staggering. The average American family will spend an average of 35 days of their summer, which is the equivalent of more than one-third, using their electronic devices. The survey, which was conducted for Groupon’s Funtacular Fun Fest found that the average child will watch an estimated 60 movies and play 150 hours of video games over the summer months.
Greg Rudin, the head of Fun Things to Do at Groupon, states “We love technology, but we also think it should be in the service of something we love even more, which is spending time with our families and experiencing the compelling local activities offered during the summer months and throughout the year.” Parents are often just as guilty as the kids when it comes to staring at the phone screen. Therefore, it’s important for the entire family to put down their devices every once in awhile and make some memories together.
When asked how too much screen time affected their children, 77 percent of parents said screen exposure influenced their child’s mood, 62 percent said they face regular battles to get their children to put down their device, and almost 50% and almost half said too much screen time impacts their sleep. And their children weren’t the only ones impacted by too much screen time, parents said they feel like they personally waste one of out every four weekends per month and throw away nine non-working days over the summer due to their own inactivity.
But according to parents, ditching the technology and spending more time with the kids over the summer months won’t come cheap. The survey asked parents to imagine their perfect family weekend and found moms and dads estimating it would cost $2,328. Parents said they would spend $1,465 on travel, lodging, taxis and fuel–with an additional $510 spent on admissions and tickets to attractions and evening entertainment. Parents also estimate that they’ll spend $353 on meals during the perfect family weekend.
So what’s your preference for a family vacation? Staying local and enjoying a staycation? Spending money on a nice trip somewhere? Will you and your family to “waste” six hours a day on your phones?