E-free days: Unexpected Benefits for the Whole Family

E-free days: Unexpected Benefits for the Whole Family

When Kim and I met for lunch we had so much catching up to do that I almost forgot why I had planned this get together with her. “Don’t forget! You were going to ask me about our family’s ‘E-free’ days.” “Oh my GOSH!” How could I have let that slip my mind? “Yes!!!” Honestly, this conversation couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just finished reading a sobering article, Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation? If you haven’t read it yet —spoiler alert! Kids who have grown up with a silver iPhone in their hand describe themselves as more lonely and distressed than any preceding generation. Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has compiled enough evidence to make this bold statement: “There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.” Then she follows up with this zinger: “If you were going to give advice for a happy...
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