“According to a new study commissioned by Common Sense Media, 38 percent of kids under age 2 are using tablets or smartphones before they can even string together a sentence. This is up from 10 percent in 2011. ”
This article mentions how children who can’t even speak yet are using iPads. It’s clear that children today are being brought up in a different world, but I think one could also argue that with each generation comes new technologies that the previous generation did not have access to. For example I remember using computers a lot in elementary school. Those annoying typing programs, and the educational games that we would use during computer class were all things that I think a lot of us were accustomed to. My dad however never used a computer while he was a kid. I think it’s hard to distinguish whether the new use of iPads is different from what we grew up with in comparison to our parents. Carr talks about what the internet is doing to our brains and the way we think. I think toddlers using iPads could be a similar comparison to this.
“But what do these numbers mean? Which way should we wield our judgment? Well, it’s very nuanced. It all has to do with passive andactive screen time for kids under two. If kids are ready to zone out in front of a screen, it delays their language development. But active communication on programs like Skype actually might help with language development.”
I think the increased use of iPads by children could go both ways, like the article mentioned. I think engaging programs and apps have the potential to aid in their development. It reminds me of how we mentioned Sesame Street in class. While this is a TV show and not an app, there was still a large debate on whether it was actually any better to watch than Spongebob. It’s sometimes mind blowing to me that a five year old can use iPads, iPhones and computers better than my dad or my grandpa. It’ll be interesting to see studies come out in the next few decades examining if the use of these products really have a negative, positive or any affect at all really on our brains and the way we think.