Is your family tired from being wired?
Is everyone, especially the children, sleeping well at night? If not, how much exposure does everyone have to tech devices and gadgets before bedtime?
Studies, like this one from Ohio State University, show a very strong correlation between electronic devices such as cellular phones, tablets, computers, and even television, and sleep deprivation. While the OSU study examined adults ages 18-39, a common result from a variety of studies indicates that the reason electronic devices cause restless sleep has to do with the frequency of the light they emit.
This is a huge factor in our ever-growing population of youth using technology. If this is bad for the adults, then it clearly can not be good for kids!
Of course, this technology also provides us with a lot of benefits – communication, entertainment, education and even family time are all facilitated by our phones, tablets, and computers. Finding the balance between these gadgets and sleep-time is tough, especially when we rely on them so much. Even some adults swear they can’t get to sleep without a television in the background, despite the mountains of evidence proving that this actually interferes with restful sleep. In fact, even using media devices as much as thirty minutes before sleeping can disrupt rest, for both children and adults! What can parents do to curb this?
The American Pediatric Association has some strategies for parents about getting kids unplugged before bedtime to ensure restful sleep. However, the most important thing is awareness of the effects of screentime before bedtime.
We rely on our technology so much that often we don’t give it a second thought, so it’s vital to be aware – both for yourself and for your little ones – what the effects of screentime actually are. Armed with this information, you can devise your own ways to ensure that your kids – and even you – have a good night’s sleep, uninterrupted by media devices:
This post was written by Amy Williams
Great talks about various aspects of our relationship with our phones:
“In the Attention Economy, technology and media are designed to maximize our screen-time. But what if they were designed to help us live by our values? www.timewellspent.io
What if news & media companies were creating content that enriched our lives, vs. catering to our most base instincts for clicks?
What if social platforms were designed to help us create our ideal social lives, instead of to maximize time-on site and “likes”?
What if dating apps measured their success in how well they helped us find what we’re looking for instead of in number of swipes?
As technology gets more and more engaging, and as AI and VR become more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, we need to take a look at how we’re structuring our future.”
Text by “Time Well Spent”.
It is a movement to align technology with our humanity: timewellspent.io
“The phone rings: it’s my friend checking to see if I can pick her up on the way to a dinner party. I ask her where she is and as she explains, I reach as far as I can across the countertop for a pen. I scribble the address in my trusty notebook I keep in my back pocket. I tell her I’ll be at her place in about 20 minutes, give or take a few. Then I hang up. Literally.
I physically take the handset receiver away from my ear and hang it on the weight-triggered click switch that cuts off my landline’s dial tone.”
A great write up by Jenna Woginrich for The Guardian.
If you feel so cool with your smartphone always in your hands and tons of likes in your Facebook status and posts, remember:
You get the most of your likes from people sitting on the toilet.