Although a new pair of socks, tools for the BBQ or a lovingly crafted handmade gift never goes amiss, no present can quite top quality time with your family on Father’s Day.
Work, school, and household tasks are inescapable commitments and all play their part in eating up the time we have to spend together as a family, but in the twenty-first century time spent tuned in to technological devices threatens to be the larger culprit stealing away our family time.
Recent research shows children to spend over fifty hours a week using technology, with adults setting no better example at sixty four hours a week – not leaving a lot of time for much in between. We are surrounded by televisions, smartphones, games consoles, tablets and computers, all serving as digital distractions from the people and places around us.
With ‘www.’ now the precursor to much of our daily activity the world has truly become more connected through the wonderful ways of the World Wide Web, but it has also had a profound effect on how we connect to those around us in the ‘real’ world. Whilst digital evolutions are to be celebrated, in adapting to a digital landscape we have paved the way for potentially excessive use of technology, putting ourselves in danger of becoming “digital addicts.”
Foresters, the international financial services organisation, have launched the Tech Timeout challenge to try and remedy this issue and help provide families with a fun, easy way to ensure they have a daily dose of digital downtime.
Challenged to take just an hour a day a week away from technology, Foresters hopes taking a Tech Timeout will help families find more time in their day to spend with one another when no techy distractions are allowed.
Navigating the digital world is a central and essential part of everyday life but it is important to develop interests outside of the digital world too.
As the number and variety of digital devices in today’s society increases, monitoring the time we spend ‘connected’ is become increasingly as important for our well-being as eating healthily and getting enough sleep and exercise. Pledging to just an hour a day away from technology can be a great way to escape the pressure of the digital world, and find more precious time to spend with friends and family.
There is no better time to take this challenge then on a day to celebrate Fathers (and families!) around the world.
Get up, go out and put Tech Timeout to the test this Father’s Day!
Posting a picture to your social media profile, checking your news feed for the umpteenth time or reaching a new level on that new video game are not going to be lasting memories. The times that bring the biggest smiles to our faces are those spent with the friends and family closest to us.
Whether playing a board game, taking a family trip to a local museum, or going on a bike ride, there are a million and one things to do when not tweeting, texting, or typing your way through the day.
techtimeout.com not only offers a whole host of fun ideas but brings together a community of other digitally addicted families giving the challenge a go and will be a great place for you and your family to start too!
Photo by Vinoth Chandar.