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More Mums Now Pacifying Kids With Gadgets

The Daily Mail is reporting that more than 1-in-4 mother’s — 27 per cent to be precise — will hand her cranky or bored baby a mobile phone — rather than, you know, something whose name literally means to pacify.

But, while such a statistic to some may seem like an unfortunate sign of the times, this actually might not be such a terrible thing.

With more smartphones on the market than ever, babies given their mother’s phone to play with have the opportunity to begin developing their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination at an early age. Of course there are all sort of educational apps available for toddlers and small children, too: puzzles, word and number games.

Sure, too much technological stimulation can have unfavourable effects — attention span being the favourite subject in this type of discussion. But, before anyone goes and writes off this 1-in-4 statistic as a maternal crime against humanity, or as just a real shame, perhaps we ought to take a look at these smartphone babies, say, 10 years down the line.

Is it possible that they will be better off? [DailyMail - Image via Apple's Eyes Studio/Shutterstock]

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