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Toddlers spending more than an hour a day on mobile devices

A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting revealed that one-third of babies are tapping smartphones before they learn to walk or talk.

By the time children are one year old, one in seven uses a mobile device for at least an hour a day. Of children younger than one year, 52 percent had watched television shows, 36 percent had touched or scrolled a screen, 24 percent had called someone, 15 percent used apps, and 12 percent played video games.

The startling statistics were even a surprise to the study’s lead author, Hilda Kabali, MD, “We didn’t expect children were using the devices from the age of 6 months,” she said. “Some children were on the screen for as long as 30 minutes.”

By age two, most children are using mobile devices in some way. Their usage increased as they aged, with 26 percent of two-year-olds and 38 percent of four-year-olds using devices for at least an hour a day.

While scientists do not know the particulars yet, we do know the potential damage mobile devices pose for adults. We can therefore infer that if children are using mobile devices on a regular occurrence from a young age, this can become a major detriment to early development.

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