07 November 2019

Parent-toddler social reciprocity during reading from electronic tablets vs print books

This study examined how parent-toddler social reciprocity differed when engaging in tablet-based reading compared with print book reading. Parents and toddlers showed lower social reciprocity with tablet-based books compared with print books as evidenced by greater frequency of solitary body posture, social control, and intrusive behaviours occurring during the reading of tablet-based books. The authors suggested that parents and toddlers may find engaging in shared tablet-based experiences challenging.