Women are more likely than men to watch videos of their children, a study has found.
The findings, published in the journal Child Development, suggest that the mothers of young children are watching more video on their smartphone screens than their fathers.
But the authors, from the University of Southern California, say the differences may be driven by the ways children are interacting with their mothers and fathers.
“The differences between mothers and dads are significant,” study co-author Dr. Sarah L. Williams said.
“For example, fathers spend more time with their children than mothers do.
The amount of time parents spend with their young children may be related to the age and gender of their parents.”
The study was based on a sample of about 1,400 children who were born between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S.
The research found that the percentage of parents who watch videos for their children has decreased over time.
“Parents may be choosing to spend more of their time with the children in the home, and the time spent with their kids may be associated with greater engagement with their parents,” the researchers said.
The researchers used a statistical model to examine the interaction between time spent watching video and gender and age.
They found that while men and women spend more than half of their parenting time with children, they spend less time with younger children than older children.
“In the home environment, time spent on video has been associated with lower participation and retention of video,” they said.
They also found that mothers are more inclined to watch children’s videos than fathers.
This is not surprising given that mothers tend to spend much more time than fathers with children.
This could also reflect the social pressures that mothers and their children face, said Dr. Jennifer Fiegen, a psychologist at the University at Buffalo.
“It may also reflect an understanding that video is more important for mothers than fathers,” she said.
But Dr. Williams disagreed, saying that there was still more to learn about the importance of video for mothers and boys.
“Our findings suggest that parents may be viewing videos for children, but that it is not necessarily because of parental expectations,” she explained.
“We don’t know what that expectation is or whether it is universal or specific to fathers.
The idea that fathers may be less interested in watching video for their kids than mothers is a little premature.”