A new survey finds that 27-percent of moms give their whining or crying child a cell phone rather than a toy as a distraction.
The research conducted by Asda, a U.K. supermarket chain says that the findings compare with 25-percent of moms who prefer to use bottles, 21-percent who give soft toys, and 9 percent who give their children pacifiers.
The study, reported in the Daily Mail found that 40-percent of these parents left their phones in the hands of their child for no more than 10 minutes. One out of 10 parents admitted to allowing their child to play with their cell phones for up to two hours.
Researchers surveyed 1, 650 mothers.