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Screen Time Discussion

Recently I posted a infograph that outlined the Video Consumption of teenagers, and shared a parenting practice we do in our home called “No Screen Time.”  The comments on that post brought up an interesting question and response.  I thought I’d share those comments here, and then add my own response:

First is from Nathan Hart:

And then a great response from my wife, Starr:


I’m with both Nathan and Starr, and I’m sure at odds with many of my tech-inclined friends.  There is something about being on a screen (iPad, computer, television) that seems  inherently  uncommunicative.  Not that you can’t use that technology for those things, but it’s more of an extra step to do so.  I love Starr’s response that time spent in front of a screen seems to lead to less conversation, and less interaction as a whole.

I do NOT believe that screen time is a bad thing, but I think as with all good things….there can be too much of a good thing.  And in the year, 2012, screen time holds a real danger of being something that in large consumption levels can become destructive.

What do you say?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.