Kids – All Thumbs When It Comes to Phones

At a family gathering this week, I watched my 8 year-old cousin Dane stay glued to a laptop all evening. Chatting with his mother about his digital habits, I learned something really amazing: how he uses the telephone.

When he picks up a landline handset to make a call, Dane holds the receiver in two hands and dials the number with both thumbs, as if sending a text message. It’s never occurred to him to use one finger.

How long can “dial” a number remain in the lexicon?

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