Chocolate is no match for the allure of the iPad.
The journalist approached several children, offering them chocolate and other snacks. None of the students took the offer, and in fact oftentimes ran away.
Frustrated by the failure of the snacks, the journalist whipped out her iPad and gave that a shot.
"Would you like to play a game on my iPad?" the journalist asked one little girl, who had previously rejected the snacks.
"Hey, that's just like my Daddy's!" the girl immediately replied. "Let's see if you have the same games!"
Shortly thereafter, the girl was joined by two classmates. "We have one at my house too!" one of them excitedly said. "That game is boring, let's play the car racing game."
To further the experiment, the journalist attempted to lead them out of sight from the main group. "It's too hot here, let's go over there where we can sit in the shade," she said. The students, mesmerized by the iPad, dutifully followed.
Luckily it was only a test -- but in China where child abduction is an obvious concern, it can only serve as a lesson for children: steer clear of strangers, no matter what they offer you. And it can be a lesson for parents as well -- in the experiment it's apparent that many of these kids were no stranger to the iPad, meaning mom and dad may be giving them plenty of exposure to these devices -- so much exposure that it paves the way for unintended consequences such as this.
Wow! That's amazing, don't you think? I went from laughing at Will to holly crap!
So, PLEASE tell your kids to not be lured in by anything including iPads too!