What about our children?  Is this the future that we want for them?


A bit scary, isn't it?  We think so too.  But this is the direction things are headed, in our wholesale adoption of technology, which is being deployed at an ever-increasing rate on the youngest of our children.  The Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies media usage among children, reported in 2010 that the average American 8-11 year old was in front of a screen 7 hours and 38 minutes a day.  For teenagers, the number is closer to 10 and a half hours.  The Pew Research Foundation, in a 2012 study, found that the average American teen was sending 3364 texts a month.  Screen time.  Texting.  Social media.  Video games.  How does all of this tech affect the development of our children's brains and nervous systems?  In what ways is it beneficial?  In what ways is it harmful?  Where the effects are negative, how do you counter-act them?  These are some of the questions that Applied Mindfulness is interested in exploring with you.

It has become a norm to give a child the very device to which we say we are addicted.
— Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Psychologist, Harvard Medical School

  • What does it mean that our children are obsessively curating their online profiles, competing to see who has the most likes on Instagram?
  • What does it mean that they are playing first person shooter games in virtual worlds with graphics so finely rendered that the surroundings look real?
  • How is our children’s relationship with technology changing them?
  • What does it mean that more than half of American highschool students would rather text than talk?
  • What does it mean that our children are spending more time in front of a screen than any other single activity outside of sleeping?