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?