Children Develop Better When You Let Them Be Bored, Psychologists Say
I Keep Losing My Phone, and Honestly, I Couldn’t Be Happier
By Denise Hill
Boredom in children is common and something that every parent, teacher and sane adult wants to avoid. We’ve all heard the old saying: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” So we expend time, energy, and lots of cash trying to ensure that our child’s mind doesn’t become the devil’s place of business.
Local Opinion: Grandparents, children and the importance of boredom
By Katie Santamaria
The other day, my mom called my friend in a momentary panic, saying, “Where’s Katie? I want to talk to her, but she isn’t picking up her phone.” In that moment, I felt proud. I obviously wasn’t proud because my mom was struggling to reach me, or because I was ignoring her call — I was proud because I had no idea where my phone was.
Instagram hides number of 'likes' from users in Australian trial
Tucson.com - Opinion
By Renée Schafer Horton
Parents today are constantly pressured to keep their children entertained. This really ramps up during summer when parents fear that every second of a child’s life must be “enriched” or he’ll wind up on a therapist’s couch or joining a circus.
But it’s impossible to be entertaining 24/7. Worse, it results in children who expect life to be all unicorns and rainbows and become whiny, anxious, device-addicted kiddos when they discover that it is not.
This Is How We Date Now
Instagram users in Australia will no longer be able to see how many likes a post has a received under trial changes to “remove pressure” on the digital platform’s users.
Instagram will on Thursday begin rolling out the trial update removing the total number of likes on photos and viewings of videos on user feeds and profiles, and permalink pages.
The Importance of Letting Your Kids Be Bored
We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick.
Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children
By Chase Scheinbaum
Kids used to complain about being bored. That’s become rarer in an age when there’s no lack of things to do when bored, including apps, podcasts, webisodes, video games, viral videos, e-books, or texting friends “i m bored.” The idea of even being bored is becoming endangered.
At Your Wits' End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This
New York Times
By Nellie Bowles
Parents around the country, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time, are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. But it’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they’re hiring professionals.
The Attention Diet
By Anya Kamenetz
Ninety-eight percent of families with children now have smartphones. Young children Nathan's age consume over two hours of media per day on average, tweens take in about six hours, and teens use their devices for nine hours a day, according to the nonprofit Common Sense Media.
This Is How You're Being Manipulated
Mark Manson Net
By Mark Manson
In the time it took me to outline this article I checked Twitter three times and my email twice. I responded to four emails. I checked Slack once and sent text messages to two people. I went down a rabbit hole of YouTube videos once, costing me about 30 minutes of productivity, and I probably checked my books’ ranks on Amazon roughly 3,172 times.
You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren't Doing Anything
By Bryan Menegus
At a preliminary Senate hearing today on the subject of potentially putting legislative limits on the persuasiveness of technology—a diplomatic way of saying the addiction model the internet uses to keep people engaged and clicking—Tristan Harris, the executive director of the Center for Humane Technology, told lawmakers that while rules are important, what needs to come first is public awareness.
4 Things You Didn't Know About Digital Wellness
New York Times - Opinion
By Bonnie Tsui
Remember Aesop’s fable? The grasshopper fiddled away the summer months, while the ants toiled to ready their grain stores for winter. When autumn arrived, the ants refused to share food with the hungry grasshopper. The ostensible moral: There’s a time for work and a time for play.
Prince Harry comments 'surprised' Fortnite makers
Time To Log Off
By Joe Paul
You may have heard the term ‘digital wellness’ or ‘digital wellbeing’ being bandied about a lot lately without much idea what it’s about. Digital wellbeing is a relatively new area of the whole wellness area and focuses on our physical and psycho-social health in a digital world.
The Importance of Boredom
The makers of Fortnite say they were "surprised" when Prince Harry called the game "irresponsible".
Back in April, the Duke of Sussex said the game should be banned.
Is Burnout Real?
By Varun Penamatsa
I’d learned to associate statements like this with negativity, but today boredom has become something I celebrate.
Our beautifully over-stimulated culture, which places such emphasis on “productivity”, often makes it difficult for us to be okay with not doing anything.
But boredom, or rather time spent not actively doing, is vital to our well-being.
Smartphone addiction is impacting sleep, survey finds
New York Times - Opinion
By Richard A. Friedman
Burnout is everywhere. Students, workers, parents — nearly everyone seems to have suffered from it.
Last week, the World Health Organization upgraded burnout from a “state” of exhaustion to “a syndrome” resulting from “chronic workplace stress” in its International Disease Classification, the official compendium of diseases.
Glenn Reynolds Is Right: Social Media Is Making Us Crazy
By Shawn Knight
One in three teens are waking up to check their smartphones.
A hot potato: As for flat out addiction, 45 percent of parents said they feel addicted to their mobile device compared to just 39 percent of teens. Those figures are up from 27 percent and down from 50 percent, respectively, since 2016.
Is 'Gaming Disorder' An Illness? WHO Says Yes, Adding It To Its List Of Diseases
By Roger L. Simon
In his compelling new chapbook for Encounter — The Social Media Upheaval — Glenn Harlan Reynolds, aka The Instapundit, aka The Blogfather, asserts that social media is, to put it bluntly, driving us nuts.
A New Bill Could Push Candy Crush Maker and Others to Curb Kids' Purchases
By Anya Kamenetz
They are popular. They are controversial. And now, video games have just become an internationally recognized addiction.
On May 25, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on "gaming disorder" as a behavioral addiction.
'We do not interact as a family': readers on how phones changed their children
By Ben Brody
Video game makers including Activision Blizzard Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. might have to block young players from buying some features or else face bans under a bipartisan measure proposed by Republican Josh Hawley.
Madonna said giving her children mobile phones ‘ended their relationship’. We asked parents to share their own experiences