Posts tagged Digital Wellness
How (And Why) to Build Some Boredom Back Into Your Life

GQ

By Clay Skipper

Remember when you were a kid and you used to say, “Mom, I’m booored,” and she’d tell you to go entertain yourself? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you weren’t as whiny as me. Or maybe you were born sometime in the last two decades(ish), and had a childhood that perpetually involved a screen. But there was a time before the iPhone (and after the Industrial Revolution, which, really, gave birth to leisure time) when we humans desperately tried to avoid the dark embrace of boredom. Having nothing to do meant spending time alone with your own thoughts. Which: Ew.

What is Digital Wellness & Why Should We Care?

Thrive Global

By Jason M. Kingdon

It’s time to shut down all your phones and electronic gadgets. The thought of having to do this would most likely cause a mix of strong emotions in many people today. Today’s generation have become too dependent on all digital devices, from their smartphones to their laptops and gaming consoles. This brought the attention of mental health experts to the concept of digital health and wellness.

The Importance of Being Bored in a Digital Age

Thrive Global

By Alec Sears

It seems that boredom has nearly reached extinction. With digital devices always in hand, we are constantly connected to news, entertainment, and social interaction without having to make extra time in our schedules. This ability to easily absorb stimulation has left us with a hypersensitivity to empty time—driving us to fill every moment with something in a desperate attempt to avoid the profound discomfort of boredom.

The case against screens in schools

New York Post

By Dr. Nicholas Kardaras

As for the notion that a screen device somehow leads to better educational outcomes, there has been a growing mountain of research indicating just the opposite. For example:

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a 2015 report that heavy users of computers in the classroom “do a lot worse in most learning outcomes.”

What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox

Fast Company

By Elizabeth Segran

We feel guilty that we’re constantly plugged in.

We sense that our smartphones are making us less focused, that constantly checking our email and Twitter is making us less productive, and more disconnected from our real lives. But what do we really knowabout how our devices are affecting us? We have plenty of anecdotes, but the science of how always-on technology impacts human behavior is still in its infancy.