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After listening to today's program on language acquisition,(excellent!!), I began thinking about how to use of smart phones may change the next generation's understanding of and memory of THEMSELVES. The end of this segment had the speaker sharing with his audience that moment when his child took more than two steps. None of us at age 50 and older will be able to say our childhoods were documented on video, recorded auditorily and visually, as extensively as those children who are babies now. Has anyone thought to ask both the negative and positive implications of this? Will parents stop telling the stories to their children of that moment when baby girl/ boy took those steps, said that word, etc? Or will all this ability to capture, in real time, these moments, these milestones, enhance the memory, facilitate richer conversations and more celebration around the child's development? How will this impact the parent, as s/he grows old? How will it impact the child, as s/he grows up? Will we stop journaling those precious moments, will we no longer talk about them, but just hand the iPhone over to someone else to look at and listen for themselves. Will we, in the process, LOSE language, and stop talking to one another? I am a special education elementary public school teacher. Language and communication is paramount to the work I engage in every day. This area is of great interest to me, as a teacher, parent, grand and great-grandparent, as well as from the perspective of caring for elder parents in my home who are both now 91. Dad is slowly losing language, communicating in small bits, sometimes jumbled sentences and disjointed phrases. Instead of the celebration of first steps, there is the reliving of the last falling down incident. Communication with my partner is in this mix, too. I thank you for listening to me. I thank you for being out there and for all the richness you bring to my life! Peace in our time, Irene