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]



    this is my daughter, i have no idea what you mean??

      That could be my daughter, she learned to unlock an iphone at 18 months, and learned the word 'eyes-pud' (iPad) at 2 years. She can use multi gestures at 2 year and 2 months better than some adults. Four finger swipe up to change apps, double tap the home button to change apps, swiping and tapping for navigation.

      Quite amazing, but not sure if it is good or bad.

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