While many of us remember serving as our parents' own, human remote controls, standing next to the TV, turning the knob to change the channels for them, barely a day goes by that doesn't remind us those days are long gone. If today's kids don't have their own iPhones, then they at least know how to manipulate mom's, easily accessing the best apps and entertaining themselves for the entire length of a checkout line at the grocery store.
A new viral video has surfaced, showing a one-year-old baby deftly maneuvering an iPad, then becoming frustrated and confused when the Marie Claire magazine she's playing with doesn't operate with the same touch-screen ease. Clearly, her finger's working, so why isn't the screen moving? And what are all these weird, paper pages that need to be turned? That magazine's busted.
While no one can deny the baby's all sorts of squeeze-worthy adorable and the video's hilarious, some are wondering what the impact of this early exposure to so much high-tech gadgetry will be on today's kids. By playing with smartphones and iPads, are children (and babies) primed to enter today's tech-reliant world or should we be concerned about too much technology, too soon?
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.