Getty ImagesIf you think your mind was blown the first time you saw an iPhone, you've got nothing on a two-year-old.
Sure, the average toddler can't really appreciate the iPhones myriad adult conveniences, but those lights and sounds? Baby eye candy. Or as the New York Times explains: "[The iPhone is] the most effective tool in human history to mollify a fussy toddler."
The iPhone-as-distraction-tool is both good and bad news for parents. The (rather alluring) upside is instant peace and quiet. As little ones get wholly absorbed by the world between their palms, the smart phones can make everything from errands to adult conversation possible without interruption-an enormous boon, especially in a culture where parents are so self-conscious about their kids acting out in public that they'll do nearly anything to avoid it.
The downside, though, is also becoming apparent, as more and more toddlers are becoming transfixed by the magic of technology. The Times article cites instances ofRead More »from Message to parents: Keep your kid's tiny hands off the iPhone!