I must openly admit that I love and adore Netflix!
We have watched and thoroughly enjoyed ‘House of Cards’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’, ‘Narcos’, ‘Narcos Mexico’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Ozark’ … and most recently … the hilarious comedy ‘Arrested Development’.
Between my phone, my laptop, and Netflix, I have come to the realization that I am spending far too much time in front of screens!
So for 2019, I am promising myself to stop my screen obsession!
Aside from the negative impact of screen-time on the brain’s frontal lobe, lack of eye contact and face to face interaction, screen activities tend to create a false experience of ease and success!
Electronic media offers immediate gratification, endless (and effortless) stimulation and entertainment, the ability to control one’s environment or one’s image, and the opportunity to be a hero … features that don’t reflect how things work in the real world. Real life is much more difficult!!
Children and teens who experience social anxiety (feeling discomfort or distress in social situations) or who are socially incompetent are at particularly high risk for developing a dependence on electronic media.
This is true whether the preferred activity is surfing the Internet, video gaming, or texting and social media use on a smartphone.
The more a child hides behind a screen, the more socially awkward he or she becomes, creating a self-perpetuating cycle. In contrast, a shy kid who continually works at overcoming social anxiety is likely to overcome it.
Impressions are made in the blink of an eye, and people with poor social skills will likely have trouble coping in life.
Of course, not every person who gives up screens will develop leadership skills, but dramatic leaps in maturity in terms of conversational skills, eye contact capacity, and empathy or insight are not uncommon when devices are removed. It’s as though the brain has been held back and is suddenly liberated to develop as it should – Arrested (Social) Development.
Screen time in all its varieties affects how we think, learn, attend, form memories, and retrieve them.
It has made thinking and reflection shallower than they once were.
It has impaired reading comprehension and the ability to form a coherent sentence.
A question to consider is whether screen time will be the death of attention spans, and ultimately of us?!
Here is an awesome TED Talk I would love you to check out … yes you will have to use a screen to view it … but its only about 9 minutes long!