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Have iPads replaced conversation at the dinner table? What do infants observe when their parents are on their smartphones? Should you be your child’s Facebook friend?

As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology’s gain?

As renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explains, families are in crisis around this issue—even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents and her consulting work with educators and experts across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.

We all know that deep connection with the people we love means everything to us. It’s time to look with fresh eyes and an open mind at the disconnect we are experiencing from our extreme device dependence. It’s never too late to put down the iPad and come to the dinner table.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In her insightful and compelling new book, Catherine Steiner-Adair reveals how technology and the Internet are fragmenting American families, leaving parents confused and children lonely. Put down your smartphone and read this book!”

    Michael Thompson, PhD, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Raising Cain 

  • “Catherine Steiner Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket…A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children.”

    Madeline Levine, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Teach Your Children Well

  • “In a book that should be required reading for all parents, Steiner-Adair examines the extraordinarily negative impact of the digital revolution on parents and children…[A] highly readable study.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An important guide to an occasionally overlooked aspect of modern parenting.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Finally, a book that comprehensively answers the question parents everywhere have been struggling with: How to raise happy, creative, caring kids in the age of screens? The Big Disconnect is not just a smart book, it’s a very, very wise one.”

    William Powers, author of Hamlet’s Blackberry

  • “Dr. Steiner-Adair offers wonderful suggestions for dealing with issues the new tech world has brought upon us—all based on the reassuring premise that the family shapes a child’s brain, mind, body and soul in unique human ways that technology can’t replace.”

    Susan Ginsberg EdD, author of Family Wisdom

  • “A riveting, hugely important book that every parent will want to read…A great book, rooted in massive research, told in vivid, charming, unforgettable narrative, conveying a message of the utmost relevance today.”

    Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

  • “Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair has her finger on the pulse of the social and emotional challenges kids face in today’s 24/7 media culture. Take her insight to heart. As parents, we can help our kids walk the thin line between the perils and possibilities of digital life.” 

    James P. Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media

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About the Author

Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. She maintains a private practice in Massachusetts, is a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an associate psychologist at McLean Hospital. She speaks to numerous audiences, including educators, health professionals, PTAs, religious groups, and nonprofit organizations.