Gadgets360.com (https://gadgets.ndtv.com) has an interesting resolution to ponder, more so when you consider the source, a culture and opinion writer, Akhil Arora advising time spent away from the fruits of his chosen profession. He shares: My New Year's Resolution: Read Less (Internet), Read More (Books). Why? From his article: “I believe it's better to spend my precious time with material that took months and years to come together, which will offer and allow me to delve into ideas, concepts and characters that have been pondered upon or existed in the creator's minds for much longer.”
It is so easy to get consumed with clickbait news articles. Look at the ten most visited Sites in 2017: Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, Baidu, eBay, Instagram, and Bing. These platforms are awesome and have changed our world, but none of them are true authors of content, or for that matter even curators. They give us instant access to what is popular or sought after. They allow us to search, see, and shop with results based on how popular the content is trending on the web and how well it is presented. How many “likes” and “shares” matter as much or more in these digital equations as the content itself, how good it is, and how it can help us grow. If we have trouble focusing our time and energy in the digital world on what is truly worthwhile, what troubles must our kids have making a good use of this time?
Regular Snapchat users now spend on average 25 to 30 minutes a day on the app. We spend more than two hours a day on social media platforms. CNN shared that in 2017 Kids under 9 spend more than 2 hours a day on screens. How? 42% Of children 8 and younger now have their own tablet devices, a steep increase from 7% four years ago and less than 1% in 2011. As this growth continues, more and more platforms will be vying for their attention. Time on Youtube is not a bad thing, in many ways it can be time very well spent. Is it prioritized? Since the kids will be on the tablets anyway -- should the 2018 New Year’s Resolution focus on making sure a dedicated portion of time be allocated to helping learn the best fundamentals of reading and math -- especially since it is a lot of fun for them? We like the New Year’s Resolution Akhil Arora shared above, for ourselves and the kids.
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