Dr. Jenny Radesky, a fellow in developmental-and-behavioral pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, recently studied the interactions between parents and children while the parents were on the phone. The study was observational and didn't quantify it's results. Yet, the results are a little alarming: "The data provided an unvarnished look at how absorbed many parents were by their devices. One child reached over in an attempt to lift his mother’s face while she looked down at a tablet, but to no avail. Another mother kicked her child under the table in response to the child’s various attempts to get her attention while she looked at her phone. A father responded in curt and irritated tones to his children’s escalating efforts to tear him away from his device."