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Family togetherness

Our research showed that three out of four children in Ireland aged 16 years old and under have at least one technological device and it’s becoming more of a challenge to spend quality time together as a family.

The nationally representative study, which was carried out among parents of children aged 16 and under, found that children in Ireland spend an average of three hours per day using technological devices with 8% spending six hours or more.

According to the findings, more than half of parents (57%) are unhappy with the with the amount of time their children currently spend using technology with one in four of those (24%) revealing an overdependency on social media, online games and YouTube to be their biggest concern.

Looking at an average week, children in Ireland today spend an average of 21 hours on technological devices compared with just four hours doing extra-curricular activities per week.

While technology can be a barrier to family togetherness, the study found that it can also assist in bringing families together, thanks to the TV. 93% of parents admit that a TV or movie night with their children can provide real joy for the family unit with 54% of those revealing that TV or movie nights frequently provide these moments for family fun.

So, what does this mean for Center Parcs? Well, Martin Dalby, Center Parcs CEO, commented: “At Center Parcs, our mission is to provide the ideal setting for families to create lifelong memories and spend quality time together. Our luxury forest resort gives you the opportunity to disconnect from technology, work and the outside world with the beautiful backdrop of the great outdoors, so that you can truly focus on your family and having fun, try new things together or just relax”