Military dad records bedtime story for daughter, 2. She hugs the screen, and converses with him as if they were in the same room, in real time. Very cute!
One of the old arguments I used to hear against parents and children virtually visiting together was, "You can't hug a computer." To heck you can't. This kid does it. She's not focused on the hardware, she's focused on her dad. As technology has gotten easier, and people get more accustomed to using computers for communication with families, the devices actually disappear from the conscious mind. What remains, what's important are the relationships.
Sam Biddle of Gizmodo.com reflects on the meaning of this in a post on Wired.com:
It’s a strange mix of childhood adorableness, developmental psychology, and tech. Like the baby with the iPad, this girl’s part of a generation where the screen and the virtual things on it might seem more real than what they’re reproducing. And it’s one thing when it’s an issue ofVogue — but what about when it’s a dad?
Hat-tip: Andrew Sullivan.