Granny phone video chat
“Because they can’t really talk and so there’s no back-and-forth ...
The baby may be nodding and communicating, but there’s no way for the person on the other end to see that they’re responding.
“Even families who avoid video exposure,” Mc Clure said, “they make an exception for video chat.”As a doctoral student, Mc Clure spent much of her time observing families with their babies during these video calls.
In particular, she wanted to assess how they coped with the limitations of streaming video chat, which can be glitchy and inconsistent.
“Really tiny babies pick up on the social responsiveness of a person.
If there’s something wacky about it, it bothers them.”Study after study has demonstrated that when the natural timing in an interaction lags, it can “really hurt a baby’s ability to learn,” said Rachel Barr, a developmental psychologist at Georgetown.
By as young as 3 months old, newborns can form expectations based on physical principles like gravity, speed, and momentum.“Just because they stare at a screen doesn’t mean they are interpreting it, decoding it, understanding it,” Rich said.“Can a baby decode the pattern of light and dark on a two-dimensional object as a symbol of Grandma’s face, and perceive that the noise they hear is generated by Grandma talking to them?“Given the plethora of screens and uses for those screens that we have now, I think that we have to be a little sanguine about how much we can extrapolate,” he said.Of course, babies being babies, it’s hard to know what they’re thinking just by watching how they act.Even when the conversations are technologically flawless, the format itself disrupts many of the cues that help babies understand what’s going on in a face-to-face interaction.“Babies are very sensitive to eye contact, physical contact, pointing at things, and all of those can be compromised,” Mc Clure said.Trying to figure out what’s in the world and who's in the world—this can be done in creative ways across a screen.And kids are responding in ways as if the screen was not there.”* * *A growing body of research shows that babies appear to thrive on real-time video interactions.“Eighty-five percent of the families that we surveyed who have babies under 2 said they had ever used it,” Mc Clure said.“And almost 40 percent said they used it once a week.