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Millennial Parents Turn To Tech To Treat Their Children

Depending on where they live, millennial parents would consider a range of high-tech treatments for the health and wellness of their children.

A majority (52%) of U.S. parents and 60% of U.K. parents would be very comfortable allowing a properly tested, fully functional 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child in the future, according to new study.

The third annual study comprised a survey of 2,000 of millennial parents, aged 23 to 38 years old, with at least one child nine years old or younger. The survey was conducted in the U.S., U.K., India, China and Brazil by the technical professional organization IEEE.

Virtual reality also has a place, with 79% of U.S. parents preferring their pediatrician to recommend VR pain therapy rather than medication to alleviate their child’s pain.

Virtual nurses didn’t score quite as high.

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A majority (67%) of U.S. millennial parents and 57% of U.K. parents would not be very comfortable leaving their child in the care of an artificial intelligence-powered virtual nurse during a hospital stay.

However, a majority (94%) of parents in China would as would 86% in India.

For allowing AI-powered robots to conduct surgery on their child, 94% of millennial parents in China would be likely to allow it compared to 51% in the U.K. and 46% in the U.S.

In the U.S., 25% of millennial parents say they are “not likely at all” to allow such surgery on their child.

For the future of autonomous vehicles, 58% of U.S parents and 51% of U.K. parents say they are not very likely to allow their child to take a self-driving bus to school. 

Most (91%) parents in China would be very likely to allow their child to ride in a self-driving bus along with 87% of parents in India and 67% of those in Brazil.

Children of millennial parents have a high-tech future coming their way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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