Am I a magnet that is constantly pulled toward (or pushing against) the dichotomy of nature, technology (or innovation), and unplugging... or a pendulum swinging between them?
Am I hosting the perpetual internal tug-of-war between them all?
Or is my head stuck in a cloud--a simultaneous dual cloud that has meaning both in nature and the network?
[As an aside...In doing my metaphorical search, I ran across both the above image and the Star-Wars-themed podcast Metaphors Be With You, where episode #5 is indeed Nature Vs Technology (the latter of which makes the image even more humorous). With technology, you can find anything... except perhaps my perfect metaphor!]
Back to the question at hand and where my boomerang keeps bringing me back to: digital distraction. Or maybe the better term is "digital well-being." It's feeling a little like when you are looking to buy a new car--you see 100 car commercials. They're everywhere. The same is happening to me. All roads lead to this wrestle-fest between inside, outside, and upside down (technologically speaking). To unplug or not to unplug.... or rather WHEN to unplug.
However, why am I surprised? Especially when a majority of the items I follow online are heavy in all of the categories above. It actually is JUST like my car commercial scenario above!
In doing all of this research, here's the short list of what I've found.
(Perhaps a longer one will follow in a future post.)
1. My numbers on my iPhone & iPad Screentime iOS feature are improving. (Awareness does wonders)! Android has their own version called "Digital Wellbeing."
- The Screenagers Movie Tech Talk Tuesdays blogs--in particular, this one: "How to Foster Mental Focus In Our Kids & Ourselves"
- Wait Until 8th Grade Website (all about holding out as parents on cell phones until 8th grade)
- Technology for Mindfulness website--where I'm taking the Tap Into Mindfulness course for Teachers : Tap Into Mindfulness
- Common Sense Media's website--a great place to get your screen questions answered for parents, educators, and advocates
- New York Time's Article 2/23/2019 by Kevin Roose: "Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
- Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Deborah Heitner
- The Techwise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place by Andy Crouch (This book has a religious slant.)
- iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge
- The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
- The Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do: by Wallace J. Nichols