Moderation in All Things - Digital Technology
Aristotle coined the phrase, “Moderation in all things.” Oscar Wilde followed with his own, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
I often think of food when I hear phrases talking about moderation. How much food should I eat? What types of food should I eat moderately? I have learned over years of experience that a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet works for me. That means, I eat less potatoes, rice, pasta and bread than I once did. I also eat foods with low or no added sugars. This works for me and helps keep the ‘bulge’ in check.
For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends we get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of each. But again, what does this mean for me? I find that I have to get up and move throughout the day. Unlike many, I love to exercise and go for a run. My family attend boot camp once a week and I try to go for a run twice a week. If I don’t exercise I feel lethargic and my body starts to tell me to get up and move.
We should also moderate our use of Digital Technology(DT). I have no doubt DT can add value to our lives through information availability and accessibility, but it can also come at a price. DT can promote “desensitization, aggressive behaviour, and gender inequity because of the prevailing content aimed at consumers.” (Adventist World – Nov 2017) Our children (and adults for that matter) are affected because of their impressionable, developing brains.
Studies have shown a decline in working memory and attention correlated with texting and online use, as well as affecting the quantity and quality of our sleep. Other research suggests that even sleeping with a device close to our heads can disrupt our sleep patterns.
Adventist World Magazine, November 2017 edition has supplied us with:
6 TIPS for Digital Balance
- Create a personal and family DT policy.
- Take a DT-use inventory
- Designate DT-free zones
- Create intentional DT timeouts
- Don’t sleep with mobile phones nearby
- Learn more about these issues
Digital technology is not going away; in fact, it is increasing in its pervasiveness in our lives. We should embrace DT, but like so many other areas off our lives, be careful to set clear boundaries for its use.
Mr Roger Sevenhuysen
Deputy Principal Primary