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Technology is killing off imaginary friends: Too much screen time gives children less opportunity to invent playmates, nursery workers say

Daily Mail [1]
August 27, 2019

Nursery workers say imaginary friends are becoming less common, with too much screen time affecting children’s imaginations.

A poll indicates that almost three in four nursery owners, managers and staff think fewer children have imaginary friends now than five years ago.

Almost two thirds of those questioned think that screens are making children less imaginative.

Children today are often left with little time to be bored or left to their own devices, industry leaders suggested, with time instead filled with screens and activities.

The daynurseries.co.uk poll, which questioned 1,000 nursery workers, found that almost half (48%) say that there are children at their nursery who have imaginary friends.

A total of 72% agreed that fewer children have imaginary friends now than five years ago.

And 63% of those questioned said they think screens are making children less imaginative.

David Wright, owner of Paint Pots Nursery group, Southampton, said: ‘One or two children in our nursery do have imaginary friends but they mainly come out at home, when children are alone.

‘Less children have them now than previously.

‘I think that children are not allowed to be ‘bored’ any more.

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