New Study Suggests Caregivers Whose Eyes Wander Have a Negative Impact on Infant’s Attention Span

Babies like to sometimes mimic what adults are doing. Does this apply to attention spans, as well? Researchers at Indiana University seem to think so.

A recent study states that caregivers whose eyes wander during playtime, whether they are looking at their phone or flipping through channels on the TV, have a higher risk of raising kids with shorter attention spans.

Study Findings

During the study, caregivers and babies were given cameras to wear on their heads. This allowed researchers to see the point-of-view of both the parents and babies while they played together. The study suggests that the longer a caregiver looks at an object while babysitting, the longer the infant’s attention span remains focused on that same object. When a child is young, they go through a key stage of development, and when the caregiver has a shorter attention span, it can negatively impact the infant’s attention span.

A child’s attention span plays a direct role in their success later on in life. Individuals with better attention spans are more successful at problem solving, language acquisition and more.

It was also found that the caregivers who were the most successful were those that let the infant lead. Whenever they allowed the infant to express interest in a toy, that allowed the baby to focus on the toy and not what the caregiver was doing.

Contact Raleigh Eye Center Today

If you notice that your child is having trouble learning or staying focused at school or home, reach out to the optometrists at Raleigh Eye Center. We may be able to help your child see better, and in turn, be more successful at learning.