A Menu of Promotions

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Reading can be much like eating, sometimes you want the whole meal and sometimes you just want a snack, sometimes you want to sit for the 5-course dining experience and sometimes you just want to hit the drive-thru.

I’ll be posting an in-depth piece soon and I thought I’d provide a menu of promotions for it to show how you can use shorter forms to grab readers’ attention and persuade them to invest time in your longer-form writing. 


Just a taste: 50 words  

Is Alexa your child’s role model? As voice assistants become ubiquitous in our children’s lives, they are beginning to act as pseudo-parents in a way that has some doctors and researchers concerned. Children’s inability to distinguish computers from people has AI teaching developmental lessons in manners, patience, perseverance, and gender.

Keep it Simple: 150 words 

Is Alexa your child’s role model? Estimated to outnumber us by 2021, voice assistant-enabled devices have rapidly become ubiquitous in our lives, and in the lives of our children. We laugh at the plethora of social media videos profiling the adventures of young children with this technology, but these interactions may not be as superficial as their entertainment value suggests. 

Young children are not as capable of differentiating computers from people as caregivers believe. Voice assistants are now pseudo-parents, modeling questionable behaviors that can affect children for the rest of their lives. The command and serve nature of our relationships with this technology disrupts necessary childhood lessons in manners, patience, and perseverance, while our female gendering of voice assistants reinforces gender stereotypes at a highly impressionable age.  

Doctors and researchers are concerned that Alexa, Google, and Siri may be overshadowing human influence in our children’s development. 

Deep Dive: 300 words 

Is Alexa your child’s role model? Voice assistant-enabled devices will outnumber us by 2021 but are already ubiquitous in our lives. An entire generation of young children now cohabitates with these digital companions, providing us a plethora of humorous social media videos from their interactions. 

This technological ease at such a young age, though, isn’t new. Kids incapable of reading buttons have long known how to operate TV remotes so why wouldn’t they grasp how to talk to Alexa, Google, or Siri? What is new is the phenomenon of 2-year-olds mistaking household technology for people, people who guide their behavioral development. 

“We know that the single greatest factor in children’s development is their direct interaction with other human beings,” said pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria in the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood’s warning against voice assistants for children. “When we promote products that put a device in between people and encourage electronic interaction rather than face-to-face, we’re doing children, parents, families, and our society a vast disservice.”  

Voice time is not raising concerns the way screen time has, however, as parents view voice devices and their content as healthy alternatives to display devices. Parents may, though, be overestimating young children’s ability to differentiate computers from humans. Research shows that the younger a child is, the likelier they are to assign human status to technology. 

As a result, voice assistants are now pseudo-parents and teachers, modeling questionable behaviors that can affect children for the rest of their lives. The command and serve nature of our relationships with this technology disrupts necessary childhood lessons in manners, patience, and perseverance, while our female gendering of voice assistants reinforces gender stereotypes at a highly impressionable age.  

Doctors and researchers are concerned that Alexa, Google, and Siri may be overshadowing human influence in our children’s development.

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As voice assistants become omnipresent in our children’s lives, they are beginning to act as pseudo-parents in a way that has some doctors and researchers concerned. Children’s inability to distinguish computers from people has AI teaching developmental lessons in manners, patience, perseverance, and gender. 

Is Alexa your child’s role model?

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Is #Alexa your child’s role model? As voice assistants become omnipresent in our kid’s lives, they’re acting as pseudo-parents, teaching lessons in manners, patience, perseverance, and gender. #childdevelopment #voiceassistant #AI

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Is #Alexa your child’s role model? As voice assistants become omnipresent in our children’s lives, they are beginning to act as pseudo-parents in a way that has some doctors and researchers concerned. Children’s inability to distinguish computers from people has #AI teaching developmental lessons in manners, patience, perseverance, and gender. 

“We know that the single greatest factor in children’s development is their direct interaction with other human beings,” said pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria in the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood’s warning letter against voice assistants for children. “When we promote products that put a device in between people and encourage electronic interaction rather than face-to-face, we’re doing children, parents, families, and our society a vast disservice.” 
 
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