How Tech Changes Families

You probably saw that funny old YouTube video of a 1-year-old sitting in front of a fashion magazine, gamely touching and swiping the page with her fingers in an effort to get the images to move. At the time the iPad was relatively new and we were still really impressed at how quickly babies who could barely hold a crayon could master a touchscreen.

The guy who made the video, titled “A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work,” said it showed how Steve Jobs had changed the world—making print obsolete. But in her new book, The Big Disconnect, Catherine Steiner-Adair is worried about how the iPad is changing the baby. The baby’s preference for the iPad may be bad news for print, she argues, but it can also be harmful to the child, and the adult she will become.


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