Many of you are, I suppose, stuck at home due to lockdowns designed to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus…
The present lockdowns are not what any of us want, but they are what we need right now, and they will likely stretch on much longer than we want them to. How do we stay healthy and sane under this imposed social isolation? Here are a few ideas, and some reading recommendations for each idea.
6) Limit Screen Time
Yes, screen time has become more of a necessity than ever, as we seek to connect with our families, our co-workers, and even our fellow church members. So, we will likely be online more than ever, but it is healthy for us to find ways to take a break as regularly as we can. Anya Kamenetz’s The Art of Screen Time is a helpful book for families sequestered together under the lockdowns, or this book is helpful for personally reflecting on how we use technology.
Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives
Through a series of lucid and engaging exercises, readers are invited to discover healthier and more effective digital practices
From email to smart phones, and from social media to Google searches, digital technologies have transformed the way we learn, entertain ourselves, socialize, and work. Despite their usefulness, these technologies have often led to information overload, stress, and distraction. In recent years many of us have begun to look at the pluses and minuses of our online lives and to ask how we might more skillfully use the tools we’ve developed.
David M. Levy, who has lived his life between the “fast world” of high tech and the “slow world” of contemplation, offers a welcome guide to being more relaxed, attentive, and emotionally balanced, and more effective, while online. In a series of exercises carefully designed to help readers observe and reflect on their own use, Levy has readers watch themselves closely while emailing and while multitasking, and also to experiment with unplugging for a specified period. Never prescriptive, the book opens up new avenues for self-inquiry and will allow readers—in the workplace, in the classroom, and in the privacy of their homes—to make meaningful and powerful changes.
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