According to an article on the NY Times, pediatricians are poised to become advocates for reading to babies. This movement aligns with what I’m reading in Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows. Specifically, from the NYT article:
With parents of all income levels increasingly handing smartphones and tablets to babies, who learn how to swipe before they can turn a page, reading aloud may be fading into the background.
“The reality of today’s world is that we’re competing with portable digital media,” said Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in Orangeburg, N.Y. “So you really want to arm parents with tools and rationale behind it about why it’s important to stick to the basics of things like books.”
Right on, Dr. Alanna Levine. Right on. This is also why we need to keep supporting libraries, by the way!