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In recent years, the number of those who are anxious and depressed has grown at a rate never seen before. Nearly 40 percent have requested or been prescribed a medication that attempts to subdue the symptoms of discontent. Especially alarming, are those under the age of 21 who have attempted or contemplated ending their life. Despite deep despair, all who seek care want to be saved, often from themselves.
Parents place technology in the hands of their children as if they are capable of emotionally deciphering and discerning an entire universe, when they only have the undeveloped mind of a child. It has been said that a child is safer in front of an unlocked liquor cabinet as they can sense and feel the potential danger. An inexperienced teen, behind the wheel of a car, may not be equipped with the skill to navigate a terrain that's never been explored. Yet, the fear of missing out, the guilt of 'not giving in' and the desire for immediate emotional rewards has both children and adults addicted to a ravaging predator that we have welcomed into our lives.
I have urged parents to limit screen time, remove smart phones and introduce activities that engage the mind in critical and creative thought. Adults who are already overwhelmed in their role as caregiver, provider, and peace maker, must take time for themselves for insightful reflection. There is a phrase, often heard as a child, but rarely said these days, "Think for yourself". And I'll add, "Know your heart's desire".
Challenge yourself, and your household with a 72-hour Social-Media-News-Free Fast. Ask the question "What do I really need for my contentment and peace?" You'll soon uncover new ideas lodged within, and will have less reasons to seek fulfillment from a world outside of yourself. Be in control of the influences over your life, and your health. Your doctor may not have a pill for your inner peace and well-being.
I've worked, lived and travelled internationally without a smart device. If you're searching for advice on how to minimize your media usage, let me know. It's easier than you think.