I was reading an article I saw on FB this morning titled “Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy”.
It jumped out at me because I have been thinking about this for both my 13 year old and myself! I would suggest a read of the article later as it has some great points. I will enclose the link at the end of this blog.
I have noticed that my daughter has been spending less time on her phone as we have had her great niece (yes great niece :-)) over to our house for the past few days after school. Aria is 4 and she and my daughter Sivanna have been playing in the good old fashion ways running around the house, pretending, hiding and such. And I can see how wonderful that is! There is a total different energy to see her engaging with sheer delight playing with Aria verses her time spent on her phone on various apps such as Snap Chat, Tik Tok, FB group chats, etc.
Here is a paragraph from the article and I personally can related to this as I spend a lot of time online:
“Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially. “
Agitated but exhaused…. that one really resonated with me. I know that feeling. It brings me to this thought: When we take a shower we take a time out and we always feel better. One of the beneficial parts of taking a nice shower is that energetically the water helps to cleanse off energies that we have picked up. Showers help to cleanse in more ways than just cleanliness of the body. They also help the energetic body to release negativity and clutter.
Too much screen time and online engagement is clutter and with clutter there are energetic attachments and overwhelm. By taking a break we release and disrupt this overwhelm, agitation and lessen our exhaustion. It just makes sense, to me, anyways. This article came at a perfect time for me and was a great reminder.
I for one will be actively looking for more ways to enJOY other things together with my daughter so we both declutter from so much screen time. 🙂 And I don’t see technology as a bad thing. It’s marvelous but as the saying goes everything in moderation.
Have a great day everyone!