Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Too Much Stimuli Or Too Much Screen Time

I'm going back in time to my grade school years. There were books, magazines, television, radios, board games, and arcades. There were video games such as the Atari and Pong, personal computers such as the Apple II and Commodore 64, and any games played on a table such as role-playing games and dominos. The term "tabletop gaming" wasn't said in my past. People socialized face-to-face and with the telephone. People communicated paper and pen writing letters and notes.

Books, magazines, television, radios, board games or tabletop games exist today. Video games exist today. There's no need to leave the house to play video games at arcades; although, arcades still exist in fewer numbers. Personal computers can be laptops. People continue to socialize face-to-face and with the telephone. People continue paper and pen writing letters and notes.

There is little change between my grade school years and today. What is the little change? A screen--rather, more screens. Everything above is completed on a screen. The screen comes from a desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. The four technology hardware gives us more choices to read books and magazines, watch television, listen to the radio, play video games, play tabletop games, and communicate such as email, text, and social networking. Today's information age technology gives us more choices.

There have been a few new changes doing everything on a screen. One can say the changes are many. One can say the changes are huge. I stand by my simple opinion. There isn't too much stimuli. There is too much screen time. Everything I mentioned above still exists today. Shopping existed in my past. The change is shopping at home using the internet. Workers must work to earn an income. The change is some workers work remotely anywhere. We have been writing letters. The change is emailing. Podcasts are like 60 Minutes on TV. YouTube video tutorials are like borrowing a how-to video at the library. People can invest such as stocks and bonds on the internet without a financial advisor. People share opinions writing blogs instead of writing to a newspaper opinion column. Everything is done on a screen. One negative factor with too much screen time is too much isolation. Social isolation is another conversation.


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