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Distraction

By Mike Hall, October 29, 2019

A very young cowboy picked up an interesting book yesterday at Koelbel library.

The author is Tiffany Schlaen and the book is entitled 24/6…The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.

In the book, she cites the attachment we have to our devices and suggests this addiction can be harmful as much as helpful. It prompted me to recall how I had to take a large plastic bag to our high school tennis matches. The players had to deposit their cell phones in the bag before exiting the bus. We found that rather than cheering teammates on once their match concluded, that they gathered at a table…not to talk but to text nonstop oblivious to matches still in progress.

Ms. Schlaen suggests one day a week minus the devices. One day of peace and less hecticity. She also recommends journaling which has been one of the unfortunate casualties of excessive screen time.

This morning, an image came to me. It has a dual meaning.

Remember when kids thrived on being outside playing baseball, soccer, and tetherball? Oh, those were the days. They’d come home tired and hungry and sleep like a baby.

It’s clear we all have some work to do because now they and we are tethered to things far less valuable than a ball in the sunshine swinging around a pole.

 

**. The author cites studies that say that the average American adult spends 74 hours a week in front of a screen and checks their phone 80 times a day. For millennials, it’s 150 times a day.  Pretty scary.

 

 

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