A silent home and too much time in front of the TV 'can lead to depression in children'
But a home without chatter and music could be holding back a child’s development, according to a new global study.
A shortage of conversations and too much time in front of computer or television screens can lead to depression and anxiety, it found.
And in some cases a silent home is also strongly linked with poor school performance, a lack of creativity and addictive behaviour, the study of over 9,000 families showed.
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Known as the ‘Silent Home Syndrome’, more than 70 per cent of UK homes are believed to be affected.
Almost half of those questioned by researchers said their households spend more time interacting with technology than with each other while 68 per cent noted a shortage of meaningful conversations at home.
Children can develop depression and anxiety in a 'silent home'
Over 80 per cent of UK respondents said they would like to spend more time doing activities in-person with their family and friends.
Creativity is a collaborative endeavour
Mindfulness expert Oliver Burkeman, who helped develop the global research project, said: “Creativity is a collaborative endeavour resulting from the combining of ideas from different sources.
“So the more a child stays isolated in front of a device, the less creative they’re likely to be.
“In today’s ‘cult of busy’ spending time with others, especially in leisure activities, feels like “giving precious time away.
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“The result means every member is focused on maximizing the efficiency of their own time, and social interaction among family members is seen as an interruption leading to the ‘Silent Home’.
“The ‘Silent Home’ is the absence of music and sound, increasing the stress and pressures of daily life, and affecting the quality of our bonding, conversations and creativity.ina.
Listening to music out loud in the home, for example, is vital in creating a sense of cohesion
“Listening to music out loud in the home, for example, is vital in creating a sense of cohesion.”
Other nationalities questioned in the poll, commissioned by electronics group Sonos, included those from America, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia and Ch
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