Are we facilitating the demise of our children’s mental health?
We love our technology here. I’ve got a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a kindle and a smart watch. I use them all the time, and my kindle is my ever-companion. Sometimes I reminisce with my wife about taking a bag full of books away with me on holidays, but the lure of the smell of ink on paper never outweighs the joy of not lugging 20kg around on your back. So, tech is great. But the ease at which technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives makes me a little uneasy, especially when it comes to my kids. I think we all feel a little uncomfortable about how drawn our kids are to technology and how much time they like to spend using it.
My minor discomfort with my kids over-using tech has now been confirmed as a major discomfort after I read the following article. The article is adapted from Jean M. Twenge’s book (with an extremely long title), iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us.
As the title of the article asks, have smartphones destroyed a generation? Our kids are physically safer than kids have ever been, but they’re on the verge of a mental health crisis. The article is about a 5 minute read, and I highly recommend that you take the time to read it. It will make you think about what we are allowing our children to do to themselves.