Word power may not be something that the iPad generation can boast of, thanks to the frequent use of text messages, e-mails and computers which are reducing children's capacity to expand their vocabulary.
We increase our vocabulary when we hear others use them in conversation. In the present day when all learning happens through devices children are not given the opportunity to hear others use new words in conversation.
AdvertisementWith the paucity of time, communication through words has reduced. Children and adults spend a lot of time looking into screens. "These are visual rather than auditory, so it is likely that they will end up with a lower average number of words than previous generations," researchers said.
Dr Catani, one of the study authors, said: "Now we understand that this is how we learn new words, our concern is that children learn new words, our concern is that children will have less vocabulary, as much of their interaction is through text, email and screen. This research reinforces the need for us to maintain the oral tradition of talking to our children."