Thinking is good for you. Some say that computer games and good apps can enhance learning and thinking. I would absolutely have to agree that these are excellent tools that allow people to follow unique knowledge acquisition or skill quests.
However, screen time becomes a problem for the maturing brain when the eye becomes the dominant receptor for brain stimulation. Other senses need to be stimulated in order for healthy brain development to occur. Additionally, a variety of visual experiences that include real distance and perspective are not available on a screen that only simulates real world settings.
Today as I was hiking around the coast of Acadia, there were two young girls hopping around among the boulders and pines. Some of the boulders had become a home with a refrigerator and a stove. The faces of these girls glowed with the exertion of hopping, climbing and imagining. To the more mature eye, the sheer beauty of the place might be in the fore of the experience…but these girls were exhibiting their appreciation of nature by imagining themselves at home there. Dirty, gravelly, rocks and larger stones had become a palace to them.
Last night I took a night sky cruise in Bar Harbor. The Milky Way was so close it was practically hitting us on top of our heads. Some gasped with wonder and delight because they had never seen our home galaxy. Our guides were a story teller and a self taught astronomer. It was a hands on eyes up and extremely chilly experience. Some of the passengers had uploaded the new night sky app onto their smart phones..and they held them up to the sky. I wondered how their experience of space was being impacted by placing a computer screen between themselves and the real deal. How would they get the sense of immensity from the small screen? What kind of visual sense and brain stimulation would not happen because their eyes were not being given the luxury of looking into the distance? And…there was little room for imagining and detecting patterns in the sky because it was being done for them.
Yes..it is great to have an app that can assist us in identifying things we are interested in….but it is also important to put them down and dream.
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