Toddlers who use touchscreens show attention differences

August 2020

New research found that toddlers with high daily touchscreen use are faster to find objects that stood out during visual search.

The research collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London, and King’s College London looked at infants who had different levels of touchscreen usage. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that at both 18 months and 3.5 years infants who are high touchscreen users are faster in finding visual cues (a red apple or red apple slices amongst blue apples) than their peers. Further studies need to examine whether this attention difference is beneficial or detrimental to the children’s development.

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