Meal times and iPads

The iPad has certainly changed the social lives of people especially children. We see almost every child at a restaurant or eatery with and iPad or a similar tablet or phone as the adults chat away and catch up with each other. Does the iPad affect these new generation as they grow up? How would the iPad impact the developing mind?

One study, the Millennium Cohort Study has showed that  children who watched TV or DVD for more than 3 hours per day are more likely to have behaviour problems. Sherry Turkle, a professor of science, technology and society and author of the book “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.” was quoted to be saying, “Learning about solitude and being alone is the bedrock of early development, and you don’t want your kids to miss out on that because you’re pacifying them with a device.”

Certainly we need to rethink again the effects of these devices introduced too early to a developing child. Children learn to communicate as they grow and interact with people but if they only learn to communicate with an electronic device, imagine their horror when interacting with people. People who cannot be programmed to respond in a way they have been used to.