Balancing our Use of Devices with Face-2-Face Interactions & Creative Moments
Having noticed the past few months the increasing tendency of drivers to be holding their mobile phones as they drive, or people in stores & public spaces engaging in conversations with others in different locations, as it is now so feasible, provokes the question of how to achieve this balance.
Since 2013, pediatricians and early childhood educators have been emphasizing the need for parents to become more mindful of how their child is using an iPad, or to manage or limit the time a youngster is using these devices. With touchpad screens, using these devices becomes so automatic and engaging. Perhaps it does encourage some level of problem solving, as we have to backtrack to arrive at what we want when what we have selected on the touchscreen does not yield what we anticipated.
I wonder what needs to happen to individuals for people to recognize the need to take time to be with others, in a digital-free zone?
Will we regain our conversational skills, idea generation process, opportunities to be collaboratively creative to address common concerns?