For those who watch families as they interact either in restaurants or at public gatherings, you may have noticed one big thing.  It's not just kids who are distracted by electronic devices.

Parents and caregivers have to work harder to maintain contact

A study by researchers at Boston Medical Center found that parents or caregivers tune out to children, opting instead to work on their smartphones than to engage personally.

The report by NBC News also found while older children appeared aware of the fact they were being dismissed for an email check, younger children also suffered.

Researchers admit there is a fine line to walk.  They say while we need often times to stay connected at work, we can't be distracted from our personal relationships with our friends and family.