Children as young as four are becoming so addicted to smartphones and iPads that they require psychological treatment.
The issue identified in this post should not come as a surprise as just about every advance in human history has had a downside of some sort and it is often only with the benefit of hindsight that we can identify these downsides. RSI and other soft tissue issues associated with using computers, issues associated with prolonged online gaming and/or chatrooms, changing perceptions of sexuality associated with the ease of acces to online pornography are just a few like downsides. The danger is that issues such as these either become a ’cause celebre’ or are totally ignored. Reasoned debate and recognition should be paramount.
For those interested in the issue David Pogue was writing about "A Parent’s Struggle With a Child’s iPad Addiction back in 2011 http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/a-parents-struggle-with-a-childs-ipad-addiction/ There is also dicussion in the Apple Support Community https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2754340?start=0&tstart=0 and reference to "a four-year-old girl is currently undergoing therapy after becoming obsessed with playing games on her iPad." http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipad-iphone/news/?newsid=3443341&olo=rss are reposted consistently.
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