Unplugged time may make a tremendous difference in how our families feel emotionally and physically, as well as in developing our most vital relationships. This is why.
Benefits Of Screen Free Time
Creates Self Awareness
Time alone or disconnected allows us to pursue personal interests and get clarity about who and what we want in our life. Our interactions with others reflect our sense of self-reliance, confidence, and independence. We are better prepared to advocate for our own and others’ needs because we have taken the time to consider and fully comprehend those requirements.
Promotes Better Sleep
When we are sleep deprived, we are unable to focus on others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 72% of children aged six to seventeen sleep in a bedroom with devices. The lights and sounds emitted by these devices interrupt sleep and can result in up to an hour of sleep loss per night. Remove electronics from your bedroom and the bedrooms of your children.
Allows Room For Connection
According to a recent study published in the journal Environment and Behavior, simply having your phone on the table or in your hand during a discussion affects the quality of your engagement. During face-to-face talks, put your phone away. Consider designating one day per week as a “Digital Vacation” or a 24-hour break from technology for the entire family.
Improves Mental Health
Trying to respond to text messages, online interactions, phone conversations, and emails while dealing with family obligations can produce tension and worry. Concentrate on one task or one person at a time to increase your sense of calm. And, on occasion, skip out on extracurricular activities, which teaches children that it is acceptable to respect their particular requirements for rest and disengagement.
Allows More Time To Play
Unplugged play allows children to use their imaginations and experiment with new ideas. Allow children to study, research concepts, and try with items on their own rather than telling them something won’t work or providing solutions to their inquiries.
Several studies have found that giving children regular, unstructured play time helps them develop creativity, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and independence. With these talents, they’ll believe they’re good enough without the need for external validation, which is common in a ‘like me’ culture.
Allows room For Conversations
For many young adults, spontaneous conversation feels too emotional or unsafe because they can’t control the message in a text or email. Some employers screen job prospects based on their ability to converse face-to-face and over the phone, according to Sherry Turkle in her book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Make unplanned conversations more enjoyable and intriguing by playing conversation games like “What if…” or “Would you rather…” Create sacred, unplugged spaces, such as around the dinner table and in the car, to encourage spontaneous communication.