Instructions for "Intentional Use":
As often as you can this week (you may want to stick a note on your device cover to remind you)-
Device use, or over use, is getting the credit for having a multitude of negative effects on our lives including: social disconnection, anxiety, sleep deprivation, depression, decline in attention span, not to mention all the time lost that you could be using for other things.
We are seeing a rise in 'device detoxes', and reports highlighting concerns for the next generation who are being brought up on screens, and whose parents are distracted by screens.
Only now are we becoming aware of the impact of all this screen time on our mental and physical health, and the term 'addiction' is being used in relation to our devices and everything they provide, from social media to games to netflix, and even fitness trackers.
We know that many tech giants including Steve Jobs only allow their kids limited screen time, if any at all, so is it time we started to pay attention to our own device use?
“Without open spaces and downtime, the nervous system never shuts down — it’s in constant fight-or-flight mode,” Ms. Colier said in an interview. “We’re wired and tired all the time. Even computers reboot, but we’re not doing it.”
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