Low-Tech: Step 1
Yesterday, I posted that I am in the process of turning our house to a low-tech home in the sense of turning of some of the electronics. I am not saying that our home will not have technology at all, in fact we will still be a house that has HDTV, High-Speed Internet, smartphones, e-readers and the such. We are just going to start using these things in moderation. That’s right readers, I listened to your comments and that was exactly what I was trying to say but couldn’t put it to words.
I have come up with a four step solution for myself (since I am the one with the technology addiction).
- Turn off the TV, turn on the radio
- Put the iPhone down
- Sit down play/read to the Kid
- Read more myself
The first step, I am in the process of completing. On Friday, I turned off the TV and opted for a radio station through the ROKU box. The Kid played with his toys more then he has in a very long time. I am not sure if this was a fluke happening or not but if this proves true for over a week, we can say that turning on the radio works.
In the study by Common Sense Media (read the whole study here) it says that 0-8 year olds spend 29 minutes a day reading and listening to music. In contrast, the same age group watching about 1 hour and 9 minutes of TV. If those numbers were equal, I wouldn’t be looking at this study and being scared as much as I am. Hot Mama and I were talking over this study and we both agree that listening to music is not nearly as bad as watching TV and just the simple fact that the Kid didn’t sit and try to watch the TV even though the radio was playing through it, is a very good sign.
If you look at how we are going about this process of bring a low-tech approach to our home, you will see that we are still going about it in a very high-tech way. We are still using the ROKU, when I start reading more I will be using my eReader, we will still be pulling out the iPhones/camera’s when the Kid does something cool and posting it to Facebook/Twitter and YouTube and will still be a daddy blogger. Just like in order to earn money you have to spend money, you can’t go low-tech without using some high-tech.
While I wish that I could test out the rest of this process in the next week, it might be difficult as we are dealing with a family development. Readers, I ask that you keep Hot Mama’s grandma in your prayers as she is fighting through her second stroke.
Posted on November 13, 2011, in Tech and tagged Baby, Child, Common Sense Media, Dad, Daddy, Family, father, High tech, home, Kids, Life, mom, Mother, Parent, parenting, ROKU, technology. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.