Give your fingers a break, and let your legs stretch.

The NYTimes writes:

While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.

Screen abuse by children according to the Kaiser Family Foundation study cited by NYT is disturbing.

8 hr/d for 8-10 years old.

11+ hr/d for 11+ years old.

This is not a good idea. In fact, Steve Jobs famously responded in an interview when asked how much his kids love the ipad?

“They haven’t used it, we limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Recommendations:

  1. “The pediatrics academy maintains, because “a child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” Older children and teenagers should spend no more than one or two hours a day with entertainment media, preferably with high-quality content, and spend more free time playing outdoors, reading, doing hobbies and “using their imaginations in free play,””
  2. Personally, I think the best way to get off screens is to go exercise with a friend (e.g. go to a kickboxing class or for a walk). a) it’s healthy. b) it’s social. c) it allows you to relax d) it’s fun. Why with a friend? Because like the Talmud teaches us when you have a friend that pushes you, it’s much easier to get it done. 

I’d love to hear your recommendations. Please let me know what you think by adding a comment. Thanks!

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