Last week we shared the news of the Tech-Wise Family Challenge. If you signed up for this challenge, you’ve been receiving daily emails to help you put technology in its proper place for your family. The emails contain insight from the Barna Group and Andy Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family. The following excerpt is taken from the email delivered on day 10 and is quite interesting for us to consider.
Children spend an average of five hours a day on an electronic device (tablet, phone, computer, etc.). Most parents (60%) say they are limiting the amount of time their kids spend on electronic devices.
Day 10 Challenge: Celebrate the Written Word
The best and richest experiences of learning are embodied ones. They require and build on physical experience and activity.
If you read an idea in a book in physical form, you may well be able to remember, hours or days from now, where on the page and how far into the book a certain sentence was found—a physical memory of your senses from eyes and hands that will reinforce the idea you absorbed at the same time. That experience will be missing if you read it on a digital screen, with no fixed location on a page, no weight of the two halves of the book in your hands, and the idea itself will also be harder to remember.
Likewise, physically taking notes with a pen or pencil on paper—the act of forming physical letters by hand, with the twists and turns of the letter forms and the accumulating fatigue and need for rest—turns out to aid memorization and learning, even if we never consult the notes again. Other bodily activities help us learn as well—making up songs and rhymes that we chant to ourselves to remember otherwise obscure sequences of concepts.
All human thought requires embodiment, and without bodies we could not think. We can have a faint idea or hunch in our mind, but it is only when we speak or write it that it becomes clear, not just to others but to ourselves as well.
Excerpted from The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch, copyright ©2017.
The following calendar of daily challenges is available for download by clicking HERE.