Screen Health Defined
Many people spend more time each day staring at screens than any other activity. We are all feeling the effects of this cyber-submersion and now research is validating our fears. Too much time online is not good for our health and is having negative effects in every area of our well-being: physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, financial, occupational and intellectual. Fortunately, there are steps we can take as individuals and communities that will enable us to utilize this technology in a way that benefits humankind while reducing harm.
Internet pornography is a multi-billion-dollar industry that thrives on innocence and instinct. With just one click a child can be traumatized emotionally and left with a distorted view of sex, love, relationships, and their body. Continued consumption can lead to damaging disorders and the inability to enjoy intimacy IRL.
Violence and Video Games
An individual diversion that started with silly cartoon animals (think PacMan, Qbert, DonkeyKong) has evolved into a full social immersion where children are rewarded for behaving in explicitly violent ways that would be considered deranged and criminal in the real world (think COD, GTA, Mortal Kombat).
Internet Addiction & Digital Disorders
Chemical bursts in our brains and subsequent feelings of pleasure are causing many to spend more and more time with their electronic devices frequently ignoring negative consequences and the world around them. Fortunately, there is hope and healing as we accept the reality of this physiological process and support those who are suffering.
Cyberbullying & Social Media
Kids being mean, taunting each other, and establishing a pecking order is nothing new. But today’s 24/7 cyber-world has become a venue for hurtful, cruel commentary that continues beyond the school day and is taking a toll on the lives of our young people. With awareness and action, we can make a positive difference and help ease the pain.