Writing on the Apple Blog, Patrick Hunt talks about his 3-year-old daughter's obsession with her iPhone. He loaded his older model phone with educational games, hoping it would be a beneficial way to keep her occupied. And although the gadget is engaging her, and helping her learn, Hunt worries that she is becoming too attached.
My three year old daughter now has her own iPhone, though without service so it is effectively an iPod touch. And how did I create a monster, you might ask? Easy. Her first words upon waking from sleep are "Where's my iPhone?" Her reaction to her parents call to come to the dinner table, head upstairs for a bath or get ready for bed is to clutch her iPhone and cry. Even though I loaded her iPhone with some of her favorite apps from her mom's phone (by re-downloading to our black Macbook, as I couldn't get iTunes Home Sharing to work with my wife's Macbook Air), she only really uses it to watch a small handful of videos that I ripped or downloaded. And she uses it constantly: sitting in a chair, laying on the floor, walking from room-to-room ... head down, focused on the iPhone screen, it can be a challenge to get her to disengage with the device and engage with us.