In a new study, electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were found to be associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys.
Participants were given three sets of toys – electronic toys (a baby laptop, a talking farm and a baby cell phone); traditional toys (chunky wooden puzzle, shape-sorter and rubber blocks with pictures); and five board books with farm animal, shape or colour themes.
While playing with electronic toys there were fewer adult words used, fewer conversational turns with verbal back-and-forth, fewer parental responses and less production of content-specific words than when playing with traditional toys or books.
Children also vocalised less while playing with electronic toys than with books, according to the results.
Results also indicate that parents produced fewer words during play with traditional toys than while playing with books with infants.
The results showed the largest and most consistent differences between electronic toys and books, followed by electronic toys and traditional toys, researchers said.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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