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    The New York Times CompanyMATT RICHTEL1/16/219 min
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    • bartadamley
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      3 months ago

      “The only way to talk to them, besides going to their house, is through my Xbox,” he said. “We play on there every night.”

      In a pre-covid world, particularly in middle school/high school this was my life anyways.. and I could hardly imagine being stuck at home the whole time, as I am sure I would have gamed even more!

      It is great to have that physical separation from our tech, and for a lot of us that what was what our work, school, and other social activities were.

      Also, this worry of us being glued to our screens impacts us all, not just children. As it is a lot easier to spend more time consuming, rather than creating in the way our dominant internet platforms are designed.

      The question then rises: how to use screen time to augment our creative abilities enabling them to flourish?

      Perhaps now is the best time to get into: blogging, reading, music production, photography... the internet enables us to find so many sources for learning something new. it is just all about finding the right habits when approaching our time online.

      I think a great worry is that as we get too comfortable at home, our adventurousness dies down in the process of being so accustomed to this new way of life..

      So yes, I am wondering what pre-covid ways of life will return and thrive.

      The first opportunity I have to go to a concert I am there. And yet, I have no estimate as to when this will even happen again...

      Summer '21? Who's with me?

    • temi3 months ago

      worrying

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        3 months ago

        Agreed.

        And it's not just kids. Screen time was already a super-scary issue even before the pandemic. Now its blown up to such astronomically proportions that it's hard to even understand or talk about - planet-wide, corporate-sponsored addiction.

        After almost a decade of hard work, I'm pretty much on the other side of this problem - and I had to dedicate my whole life to solving it, but the job is never over. Plus I'm single, technically-savvy and have a lot of privilege/advantages (some earned, some not) that enable me to be double-extra vigilant at all times. For most people, this is just a persistent semi-nightmare, eating away at life, time, wellness, the soul.

        • temi3 months ago

          true. my screen time skyrocketed during quarantine and i had to take very active steps towards reducing it. i had to delete all social media from my phone for a while, because i knew my self control had been ruined

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      3 months ago

      Required reading about a total crisis. An ongoing crisis.