Put Down Social-media & Be Social
How much time (hours and minutes) do we or our loved-ones spend on Social -Media or in front of a screen for any reason – every day? If we actually stop, and add it all up, many of would be astounded! Spending time in front of a screen is necessary for most of us living in the 21st century. (Because I work from home with TV, Alexa, my smart phone and of course my online clients, I average 7 to 9-hours a day.) Even very young children watch TV, have tablets and know how to use smart phones. We had a party-line phone (where many neighbors on one street or neighborhood share the same number and have different rings – ours was 2 – longs and a short – everyone could hear all the calls – if you were skilled at lifting the receiver. I watched less than 9-hours of TV a week, when I was growing-up. I did not even know what a computer was until I joined the military at the age of 19. That tells you how old I am!
One of the downsides to screen time – no matter the reason we are in front of a screen, whatever we are doing, is that we often isolate in-front of our screen. To avoid this from happening to our son (in the 21st century) we did not allow him to have a computer in his bedroom until he was an adult. For years our family had only one computer in the side of the dining room. I am not saying that every family needs to be that drastic – we just need to remember to set boundaries, be cautious and supervise ourselves, minors and vulnerable persons when using electronics. Even if we are inter-acting with another person over our screen, someone who is on another screen somewhere else, we are not truly socializing!
I understand that electronic technology had some good factors. However, there are many ways we can use a computer, sometimes, occasionally . . . And still be social beings. Putting down social-media, taking a break from screen-time, regardless of our age or ability, allows us to be physically, emotionally and sometimes cognitively active. Being social enhances our whole-body wellness. Medical research suggests, enhancing our brain power through word puzzles, math games, jig saw puzzles and the like, lessen our chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s.
There are many things we can do to enhance our social skills: Join a group, perhaps sign-up our kids, grandkids or entire family for an art, gymnastic or martial arts class, learn a new language as a family (not electronically) or learn how to dance with your spouse, partner or make a new “friend” at class. Go to Church, Temple, Mosque or Synagogue or participate in activities sponsored by the faith-based community or spiritual organization of your choosing (if you are so inclined). Finding something we love to do or have always wanted to do (but, perhaps have been afraid to try) is a great way to spend time with people who share the same interests, people who can give you support to be brave, make new friends and engage in physical, emotional, or cognitive activity. In sharing new activities, as we enjoy a new hobby or new activity with family or friends, we may be able to teach someone else something new.
Giving and receiving information on any new activity often reaps incredibly positive rewards, today and . . . for a lifetime.
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