I’ve been feeling particularly – and inexplicably – anxious recently. Me thinks the world might be “too much with me” – courtesy of technology. And I’m wondering if our kids might be feeling the same.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad to be aware and informed about the world around me. And I certainly don’t believe “ignorance is bliss”. Technology has given us access to real-time news and information at mind-blowing speed, and we are informed like never before with regards to global events. We’re using digital tools to fuel humanitarian aid, lend support and connect with people and news far and wide.
But lately, the global news hasn’t been very good. And from the nightmare still unfolding in Japan to unrest in the Middle East, to local tragedy, my heart has been aching at every turn. If our kids are watching the news on TV or seeing these sad images online, I’ll bet some are also feeling the world’s grief – even if they’re not talking about it.
One important lesson I’ve learned through this Techno(t)parent experiment is ”balance”. And all the experts I’ve talked to have said media consumption should be done in moderation. A self-professed news-addict, I’ve been deeply immersed in recent world events, and I’m wondering if that might be causing the anxiety. It might just be time to bury my head in the sand a bit and “unplug.”
So this week, I’m limiting my screen time and focusing on the things I can control – working a good, honest day, getting home to my family, cooking a nourishing meal with love, and cherishing every second I have with the special people in my life.
Because sometimes, counting your blessings (without a calculator app) is important.