Over the past 18 months, for many kids, screens have become…
After years of both parents and researchers alike becoming increasingly concerned about the levels of screen time our kids are logging each day, the pandemic simply magnified that problem.
And yet, most of us just shake our heads and (rightly) complain about the social media platforms. It’s their problem to fix, we’ve decided.
To be clear, that is correct. The people who own and run social media platforms ARE a big part of the problem. …
Imagine if you threw an open-invitation party at your house. Nearly everyone who showed up was ushered inside — even people you barely knew, even people you hadn’t seen for years. The more the merrier, right?
Well, that’s how many of us acted in the early days of social media. We were excited to explore, connect, and share at this new party. Other than spam, we accepted friend and follower requests willy-nilly. The more the merrier!
However, just like a house party can turn into a rager, and then into an “OMG…Someone called the cops!” situation, over time our social…
Today is International Digital Wellness Day.
If you don’t know what that’s celebrating, you’re not alone.
“Digital Wellness” sounds like it should be about using digital technology to make yourself well — like wearing a Fitbit or using a meditation app — but that’s not quite the whole story.
Digital Wellness isn’t just about using tech to make yourself well, but also preventing tech from making you unwell.
It’s about maintaining wellness while living in a digital age — one in which our lives are deeply immersed in technology and every tool we use can be harmful or helpful (or…
We spend nearly half of every day, not actually IN the moment, but lost in our thoughts, memories, daydreams, or rumination about the past or future.
When we do this, it activates our default network, a group of areas within our brain that function much like a computer’s screensaver. The default network makes us appear to be “here,” when in actuality we’re really not, instead lost in a memory from 2014 or tonight’s dinner plans.
In some ways this “screensaver mode” is super cool. It allows humans to metaphorically time travel and provides us with loads of instant entertainment. …
Stop. Check in with your body right now…
If so, you’re currently experiencing screen apnea — the unconscious breath holding or shallow breathing that occurs when people are using screens.
You probably do it more than you are aware.
It’s not uncommon to unconsciously hold your breath every time you encounter new, exciting, or scary things — like when you’re on top of the hill on a roller coaster…
Phubbing may be a silly word, but it’s a very real problem many of us have experienced.
In basic terms, phubbing is when someone ignores the live human(s) in front of them to instead pay attention to their phone (or other mobile device).
Phubbing can happen intermittently, (like when someone periodically checks their messages during a face-to-face conversation) or in longer stretches, (like when someone scrolls their phone continuously while you’re talking, or even abandons an in-person exchange to go look at something on-line.)
It’s a new year — a time when we traditionally focus on health and wellness, tackling projects to clean, organize, and improve ourselves and our spaces.
These projects often revolve around our physical and physiological “homes,” but rarely extend to our virtual ones. That’s a shame. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are living online more than ever before.
Whether we know it or not, accumulating garbage in our online “homes” is harmful, both literally, (bogging down our devices’ processing power and eating up memory storage) and metaphorically, (causing us to feel overwhelmed, burnt-out, and frustrated.)
I’ve alway had pretty bad timing in my life. This eCourse was certainly no exception.
Doing a deep dive into digital wellness in the midst of a global pandemic, which forced most of us to vastly increase our use of digital technology, was likely the wrong content at the wrong time.
In spite of this, I’m still proud to have delivered 20 weeks worth of work I believe in.
Of course the question we’re all facing now is, “What’s next?”
While I’m no closer to that answer than anyone else, I did want to share four pieces of advice that…
When I initially planned this course, I intended to devote a week to talking about digital wellness issues that affect our family and friends.
Little did I know back in January that our world would soon be engulfed in a pandemic that forced many of us to isolate in our homes, relying primarily on digital tools for work, play, school…. really everything our lives.
As a result, in the past few months nearly everyone’s digital habits have become more pronounced, more entrenched, and, (in some cases) more disruptive or even damaging.
If someone you love is struggling with these habits…