|instagram collage c. Cynthia Jabar 2015 @NycBooknerd|
It's not just about our kids either, I wonder about my own screen time & critical thinking skills too. Where's my responsibility in all this? As an artist, using the computer more and more, I notice how different it feels when I make marks with my hands vs the computer (even when I use a digital pen.) It just isn't the same, there's something special about paper and pencil. Maria Konnikova writes in a New York Times article: "psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep."
I wonder what's being lost or underdeveloped in us? What's all this screen time doing to the quality of our hearts & minds? In response to this data, I've drawn a line in the sand because I feel RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST TIME to make a mindful commitment. If not now, when? Media consumption isn't slowing down. I feel an overwhelming need to respond. To create more analog experiences with my nieces that bridge their online & offline worlds, to play, make & recycle more things & talk about what a sustainable planet looks like. I'm going to slow down even more, simplify more and hope they follow along - even just a little. I owe it to them.
I know critical thinking is an important 21st century skill they need to not only survive but thrive & create a better world. Our kids are the future stewards of our planet. They will have to tackle all the problems we leave them - complicated ones like climate change, racism, mass migration and water shortages to name a few. We owe it to them. They need critical thinking skills.
But HOW can we create a more sustainable & just world if we are BUSY diminishing our own critical thinking skills with an over abundance of screen time?
I realize the short answer is always balance, but what does balance look like when "multi-tasking is the new norm?"
Earl of Lemongrab from Adventure Time.
So here it is, my tiny line in the sand - I'm making it with handmade stamps, recycled paper, pixels and pen and sharing it right here, starting now. Who's with me?
|Make a recycled Lab Notebook or Sketchbook c. Cynthia Jabar 2015|