Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mindfulness, kids, technology

I was going to write a post on technology and how we and our kids are addicted, and how we should get off for the sake of the planet, but this one just pretty much did it for me, for adults at least:

https://medium.com/swlh/how-technology-hijacks-peoples-minds-from-a-magician-and-google-s-design-ethicist-56d62ef5edf3#.tya50w9ws

Practical tips here:
https://medium.com/swlh/distracted-in-2016-reboot-your-phone-with-mindfulness-9f4c8ad46538#.son63122x

For kids, I try sometimes to give them the first choice of something real over a technology solution:

Instead of...
a video game - play a board game
Instead of...
Netflix - watch live television (if you have a DVR, pause during ads and then forward), or an audiobook
Instead of...
Kindle - read a paper book (from the library!)
Instead of...
Looking it up online - check an encyclopedia or the library Instead of...
Audiobooks - read or tell them a story
Instead of...
A movie - see a play
Instead of...
Email - send a card or letter
Instead of...
Text - make a phone call
Instead of...
Online - go offline!

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