My New Year’s Resolution

I want to share with you my one of New Year’s resolutions.  I have a few which include getting better organized, getting in shape, spend less time working.  But I wanted to share with you one and I hope you’ll join me in it.  And that is less screen time.

There has been a lot of research released recently about the amount of screen time that teenagers, kids and young children get each day and it’s staggering.  What’s troubling is some of the damage that can be done to a child’s learning abilities and overall development if he or she spends to much time in front of a screen.

But what is this doing to adults?  No one really talks about it and I haven’t read any research on it.  However, I can’t force my kids to limit the amount of screen time they get and not limit my own.  I’m not going to tell my kids that they can’t have a smart phone and then spend hours thumbing through Facebook and Instagram.  I’m not going to tell my kids to shut the TV off and then spend hours watching nonsense shows after they go to bed.

So, I’ve made this resolution to cut my time drastically.  And I’m starting with my phone.  I’ve decided to use my phone for work only.  No more thumbing through anything on my phone just to relieve boredom.

Also, I’m not going to use my cell phone while I’m with my wife and kids.  A while back I shared a picture of my son and me.  He’s cuddled up next to me and I am staring at my phone.  Completely disengaged.  Unfortunately, I’m sure that situation has been repeated since that picture.  But no more.

I hope you’ll join me.  I have found my phone to be a bit addicting.  So, I’m starting slow.  My phone for work and not around my kids.  I’d love it if you would try this to.  I’ll keep you posted, and I hope you will keep me posted!

Jason Spear Miller
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