Our lives are filled with screens. It has happened in only twenty years' and radically changed our lives. At the beginning of the 1959s, Carl Jung wrote about his trips to the U.S. He described how stressed people were and the skyscrapers that prevented sunlight. Furthermore, he stated that everything, every invention to improve our lives, can potentially harm us. That is what we have seen in the last two decades. The smartphones and internet are great tools to enhance and simplify our lives used the right way, the right way. Unfortunately, most people have lost control of it, and the iPhone and internet control humans.
We have developed a severe addiction, and everything else has taken the backseat. You see families at restaurants eating, and then instead of talking to each other, they have their faces buried in their phones. As I wrote in my previous post, we need to be role-models for our kids. This means do not tell your children to cut back on their screen time before you have done it yourself! Let the kids see that instead of sitting with your phone, you read a book or magazine, printed copy! You do a hobby, and you are leaving your phone at home when you are going for a walk or work in the garden. Discuss with the family to have one day or half a day (to begin with) of electronic fasting weekly. Yes, it will be a hard sell but stay firm. It is all about breaking a habit, and we all know bad habits, especially the old ones, die hard. Be patient, and a suggestion is to talk to your children's friend's parents to do the same. It will be easier if your kids and their friends "suffer" equally from the same rules. They have something to whine and complain about, bond over, and from that, something creative can be born. As a bonus, you get to know your children's friends' parents. Do not hesitate to do this. Down the road, you are doing the children a huge favor.
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