Why Phoning Your Children Just Isn’t Enough

The medium is the message, Marshall McLuhan famously noted. And in a touch screen world, our relationships with our adult children improve with the more communications media we use. While millennials enjoy chatting on the phone or Skype, they also want parents to “lurk” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media so we can follow (not intrusively, though) their lives.

That’s the finding of a study by University of Kansas doctoral student Jennifer Schon. “We found that young adults were happier and more satisfied in their relationships with their parents the more communication channels parents are using,” Schon said in a recent phone chat.

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