Sunday, November 21, 2010

Screen Free Sunday – An Admirable Goal

Could you do it?

Could you go Screen Free for just one day?

Could you go Screen Free every Sunday?

Could you make a conscientious effort to turn off or just ignore all the “Screen Distractions” that we encounter in every day life?

Including TV, XBOX / WII, laptop, desktop, smart phone, iPad / Tablet, even your GPS.

I wonder how much more CONNECTED we could become --- just by turning off or ignoring screens.

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An article in today’s New York Times discussed this as it relates to the current generation of students in Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction. While the effect is easy to see in today’s youth it also impacts adults. Is there something we can do about it? Are Screen Free Sundays a way to counter this effect? Only you can decide.

  • What do you think?
  • Is this a fantasy that is impossible to attain?
  • Do we “need” our screens to function?

Of course, there are a lot of different ways to view this. Some countries don’t have running water let alone electricity. However, in today’s modernized societies Are we addicted to screens? Can we break free … even if only for a day?

I’d like to hear your thoughts. Share them in the comments or ping me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. Of course, I will understand if you are taking a Screen Free break.

This post was inspired by my former colleague at Microsoft – Deb Walsh. Thanks Deb for the idea. I hope your son continues to go Screen Free … even if only for a few hours.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

and thanks Jeff! And to those who think you cannot do it - you can. It's wonderful - hear your kids talking more to you, their siblings and friends, laughing more, being more creative. And - as has just happened - decide they want to go kick a ball around in the park :)