Could iPads hinder bone development in children? Jon Holmes investigates

Could iPads hinder bone development in children? Jon Holmes speaks to the expert

Would you want your bones replaced by iPads? Let's ask a palaeontologist...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nothing gets past Jon Holmes. And his next big story is how letting your child play with an iPad should send chills down your spine.

Research from Curtin University in Australia has found children who played with conventional toys moved their bodies six times as much as those who only played on iPads, which could hinder the proper development of muscles and bones.

Our presenter spoke the expert to shed some light on this dilemma.

Dr. Manabu Sakamoto, a paleontologist, broke this latest information down to its bare bones.  

"I think iPads are stronger than bones in some ways, but bones have a lot of pores," he told Jon. "They also have wet tissues inside them too, they're quite flexible and rigid at the same time - this is how you don't break your bones. 

"But iPads are metal, so they'll easily bend. I'm not sure you'll want that in your bone. 

"If you had an iPad as an elbow, if you bend it too many times, it'll probably snap in half."

The discussion turned into a Darwin-esque talk of evolution then, and apparently "the next step in human evolution is to be connected by wi-fi."

It doesn't get any weirder than this, folks, so, er... humerus.