I stumbled upon an article entitled, “38% of Children Under 2 Use Social Media, Study Says” (http://mashable.com/2013/10/28/children-under-2-mobile-media-study/?crlt.pid=camp.QYPoTXG5w98I) and although this is the first article I’ve seen concerning youngsters and technology, the results this article reports are relatively shocking. The article states the 2 out of 5 children have used a smartphone or tablet before speaking full sentences, and that since kids are beginning to use technology younger and younger these days, it is changing how children fundamentally consume media. Since I haven’t read up on how using technology at a young age affects children beyond this article, I can’t come to a final conclusion about whether or not allowing your child to use iPads and iPhones before they can speak is good or bad. What I can say though is that I am shocked that so many kids are using modern technology before they can speak and communicate verbally. I think that everything will change now that young children are using these technologies though. I think that psychologically and cognitively kids will process information and learn differently, which will probably call for a change in how teachers teach; the days of writing on the chalkboard will probably fade out. Another change in society will be how technology as a whole is used in everyday life. We ourselves recognize that technology is overtaking our lives and changing the way we communicate, but since we are aware of these changes, we still have the power to turn off our cell phones. I fear that these kids of the future generation won’t realize how much technology affects our lives. They will just assume that it is a normal and integral part of their lives–turning the cell phone or iPad off will no longer be an option. Lastly, the article emphasizes that using technology at such a young age needs to be monitored closely. It should be used sparingly and if used at all, it should be for educational purposes. I agree with this fact, but I doubt that if parents find that an iPad or smartphone keeps their child from crying or bothering them, technology use will not be closely monitored and will just be used to pacify their child. Maybe I’m just looking too closely into what this study reveals, what does everyone else think?