iPad Babies

My NYU students were talking about iPad babies during a discussion on immersive technology and the music business.

  • One said, “they (parents) just hand a 3-year old an iPad and expect them to go play”.
  • Parents set important examples in many ways including negative ones where they choose to be on their digital devices instead of engaging with their children.
  • One of the toughest addictions to break is relying on smartphones for fear of missing out on something – when young people try it (usually against their will), they often discover that they have the power to control their devices not the other way around.

In the digital age, phones are adult pacifiers just like iPads for toddlers – balance comes from taking control of digital usage not waiting until it feels right.