Pediophobia is the fear or worry of dolls. In this paper, I examine contemporary adults’ disliking of character toys – dolls, action figures or soft toys – and investigate the reasons for the demonization, distaste and a possible fear for toys of the present.
Contemporary play manifests itself as multimedial cultures of production, distribution, consumption and use. Today, a significant part of play practices partaken within the ecosystem of contemporary play are in one way or another connected with different screens. This review investigates how social screen play operates across the networked ecosystem of contemporary play.