• Just How Much Media Are We Consuming?

    Just How Much Media Are We Consuming?

    It should come as no surprise that our daily technology consumption is on the rise. But just how drastic is the spike?

    According to CNN, teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms, with 60% of this happening on their mobile devices. And it’s not just teens who are in need of a severe digital detox, with U.S. adults spending 10 hours and 40 minutes on average consuming media.

    Currently, total time spent on social media beats time spent eating and drinking, socializing, and grooming.

    As parents, there’s never been a more important time than today to find ways to spend time with your children, away from the screens.

     

    Here are a few ways to keep the family connected:

     

    Get Outside & Go Airplane Mode.

    While the living room and kitchen might be the places families find themselves gathering most often, these settings are also full of distractions. Watching television together while surfing the internet on your phones might not be the best quality time spent. Instead, try to plan regular outdoor adventures that require everyone to not only get together, but get off their phones and find fun in nature. Simply getting fresh air outside has been shown to have big positive effects on our health and well-being, so don’t let a colder, wet climate stop you from getting back to the great outdoors. Take turns planning out what activity to try next.

     

    Eat At The Table, Not On The Couch

    In a survey, US teens were asked when they were most likely to talk with their parents: dinner was their top answer. Stacks of studies link regular family dinners with lowering high risk teenage behaviours parents often fear, such as experimenting with drugs and alcohol. This has also been shown to improve overall parent-child relationships and reduce the stress your kids might be feeling.

     

    Create A Daily Family Ritual That’s Rewarding For Everyone 

    So how we can put the screen down, and keep the conversation going with the people right in front of us? Hot tubs are a fantastic place where family and friends of any age can find enjoyment and bonding. Just 10 to 15 minutes together in your Beachcomber Hot Tub every night can provide relaxation, stress relief, and a special place to connect and really discuss what’s important to the people you love the most. Enjoying time together in a hot tub is a low-stress activity that requires minimal planning for everyone.

  • [Study] The Importance of Finding Screen-Free Family Time

    [Study] The Importance of Finding Screen-Free Family Time

    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.

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