It is not a secret that the younger generation of today is more involved in electronics and gadget than we have been. The iPads and the smart phones have become their new play time toy. These have become the new nannies which help us keep our young ones quiet in times and keep them engaged so that they would not bring down the house. And the children are growing more and more into the new gadgets, the apps, and the games. There are many companies making a living by developing iPad, and smart phone, and tablet apps only for children.
Children can now use their fingers on a touch screen display to color drawings instead of having to use crayons and get dirty like we all did. And the increasing dependency on these smart toys is not a good thing. Most people would not realize this, but this might lead to people in the next generation who talk to their neigbhours not at a dinner table or on a couch having a beer, but on Facebook or Twitter, or some other social networking app. This is not at all good for communication skills.
Nick Bilton on the New York Times Blogs quotes Dr. Gary Small like this, “We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies yet,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of the Longevity Center at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles, and author of “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.” “Children, like adults, vary quite a lot, and some are more sensitive than others to an abundance of screen time.”
Dr. Small also says that it is very evident that the brain is sensitive to stimuli such as touch screens on the smart phones and the iPads, but to what extent is not known, and this could vary from child to child, just the way it does on adults. So be careful about what you give your children to play with.
Source: The New York Times Blog