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FATHERS of young boys now spend less than an hour a day with their sons, according to a new survey.

Many hard-working dads simply rely on phone calls or texts to keep in touch, according to research into father and son bonding.

Almost all those with sons aged between five and 10 say they regret not spending enough “quality time” together, such as playing football or bike riding.

Nearly half (48 per cent) blame their long and exhausting working hours, with 35 per cent saying work encroached into their weekends. As a result, men typically spend just 56 minutes a day together with their young sons, even taking into account Saturdays and Sundays.

Alarmingly, nearly a fifth (18 per cent) told the survey by toy manufacturer Bandai they manage only 15 minutes each day.

Bandai said: “It’s worrying as bon­d­ing time is vital, according to parenting experts. Some boys never get to see their dad during the week. A few moments on the phone is no substitute for face-to-face time.”

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