Technology has never played a bigger role in our lives than it does today. While it has opened up a whole new world of possibilities in the ways in which we can connect with people across the globe, it has had the opposite impact on how we connect as families at home.
Why Go Screen-Free With Your Family
A recent study found that when a working parent arrived home after a long day at the office, his or her children were so immersed in technology that the parent was only greeted 30% of the time and was totally ignored 50% of the time.
On the flip side, 54% of children think their parents check their devices too often, while 32% say they feel unimportant when their parents get distracted by their phones.
Children 8 to 18 are consuming an alarming average of 7 hours of screen media per day (increasing 2.5 hours in just 10 years), and more and more research is showing the adverse effects from over-exposure to screen media on physical and mental health development.
As parents, it’s on you to find ways to combat the trend and find time to take screens out of the home equation.
Tell your kids: “Let’s not post about it, let’s just be here and be present”.
One solution is finding enjoyable activities that bring everyone face-to-face and invite conversation.
When Keith & Judy Scott founded Beachcomber Hot Tubs, they were inspired by the tradition of gathering as a family around a campfire. Much like this age-old tradition, a Beachcomber Hot Tub invites everyone to come around and enjoy the comfort and solace of warmth and relaxation and connect as a unit and with the nature around them.
This is also an opportunity to easily remove any kind of interaction with technology!
It’s in this type of face-to-face social gathering, in the physical presence of our family and friends, that we make the connections that enrich our lives the most and equip the next generation with the skills to live a successful, healthy social life.