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Creating the future

Modern culture encourages consumption.  We consume all the time.  We consume food, we consume drinks. We consume all sorts of entertainment.   The problem is that consumption often means over-consumption.

People who consume too much food become overweight. People who watch (consume) television for hours every day become lethargic.  People who play video games for too long become addicted and have a need for the constant buzz provided by those games, or they’re “bored”.

Over-consumption encourages us to sit passively by and let the world feed our bodies and our brains. Many times, the more we consume the more we want to consume.

Over-consumption doesn’t just plague adults; it is a problem for children as well.  A child that gets used to over-consuming early in life is being set up for a life of problems.

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Helping Kids Understand the Danger of Mobile Device Overuse 1

This is a letter I’ve written to my sons. It’s part of a series which covers a wide variety of topics in which I attempt to give my boys life guidance. I hope you’ll find some of these ideas helpful when talking with your own children.


Dear Sons,

As you know, I’m concerned about you spending too much time watching videos, playing games or even messaging people on your phone.

We limit the amount of time you can do those things, but I want to explain why.

I’m not just setting limits to be mean and stricter than your friends’ parents, but I have real reasons that I feel are important.

Knowing these reasons may help you understand a bit more.

Your Life

Your life will be very different from mine, your grandparents’ or anyone else who’s lived before.

You will have many opportunities. More opportunities than others before you could have imagined.

But you will also encounter very big challenges.

Challenges no humans have ever had to contend with.

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