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Survey Finds Children Are Better at Using a Smartphone These Days Than Tying Their Own Shoes

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"What about our children’s digital diet."

With 75 percent of children under 8 years old having access to mobile devices of some sort, a recent survey found kids are more adept using tablets and smartphones than they are at common tasks, like tying their own shoes.

The survey of 2,000 parents with children age 2 to 16 years old conducted by the U.K.-based Lenstore found 59 percent could confidently use a tablet, 57 percent felt the same way about their children's use of a smartphone. However, only 53 percent said their kids could swim or tie their shoes and less could tell time on an analog clock.

"The issues surrounding childhood obesity have been hammered home to us in recent years, but what about our children’s digital diet, and in particular, the impact this has on their eyesight?" Lenstore wrote on its blog.

Lenstore put together this infographic to detail how much time kids spend on devices and how it could impact their vision.

Is Your Child’s Digital Diet Harming Their Eyesight?

"In an age where tablets, smartphones and laptops are an integral part of our daily lives, our children are growing up to be more tech-savvy than ever, and technology plays an important part of their ongoing learning and development," Lenstore said. "While it is important to embrace technology and integrate it into a child’s learning program, we must also be aware of how to do this responsibly and ensure their eyesight is not compromised, especially in their earlier years."

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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