A screen-free holiday in 2020 may sound crazy, but this year of all years is a good time to re-center and focus on what really matters: your loved ones right in front of you.
A compromise could be that at the beginning of the day you do all your scheduled calls, especially family video calls, and the remainder of the day is just for the people you’re with right now.
But I urge you to try it, and think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Instead of focusing on how inconvenient it will be to lose the screens, focus on the benefits of reclaiming yours or your child’s brain, body and spirit. Screens and electronic gadgets aren’t going anywhere, but time is precious and fleeting—and there’s nothing like the New Year to remind us of this. In our hurried and hectic lives, we should use the holidays as a time to reflect on what we want for us and our children, and stop and let them smell the roses.
The benefits of limiting screentime are numerous including:
- Improved sleep: more time spent in the deep stages of sleep (3 &4); reduced muscle tone during sleep; melatonin (sleep chemical) levels return to normal, which in turn affect serotonin balance (mood and sense of well-being)
- Reduction of neuropsychiatric phenomenon, like tics, seizures (all kinds), and headaches
- Improved blood flow to the frontal lobe and to vital organs
- Decreased time spent in fight-or-flight, and more time spent in healing states
- Brighter, more relaxed mood
- Improved sportsmanship (tolerates losing better, less cheating etc)
- Increased creativity and interest in physical play
- Improved eye contact and verbal conversation
- Enhanced empathy (yes, this can happen after only a couple of weeks!)
- Renewed interest in old activities (legos, models, sports, board games, jewelry making, puzzles, etc, being with family)
Source: Psychology Today
Kids’ Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings
Five out of six brands tested by researchers would have allowed hackers to track kids—and in some cases eavesdrop on them.
CONNECTING EVERY POSSIBLE device in our lives to the internet has always represented a security risk. But that risk is far more pronounced when it involves a smartwatch strapped to your child’s wrist. Now, even after years of warnings about the security failings of many of those devices, one group of researchers has shown that several remain appallingly easy for hackers to abuse.
When WIRED asked Schinzel if three years of security analyses gave him the confidence to put these smartwatches on his own children, he answered without hesitation: “Definitely not.” ays Sebastian Schinzel, is a Münster University computer scientist who worked on the study and presented it at the International Conference on Availability, Reliability, and Security in late August.
What are your thoughts? We would recommend NOT giving smartwatches to children, and limiting their personal electronic use for health and privacy reasons.
We’ve been talking about our new book so much lately, we wanted to take a minute to talk about another one we’d recommend: 24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week by Tiffany Shlain.
“I clearly remember the night we took the iPhone plunge in 2007. I tried to convey to Ken why I was worried that smartphones might be a detriments to our relationship. But of course we opened our white Pandora’s boxes from Apple… We could bring our screens with us everywhere, and we did… And like everyone else, we got addicted. Researchers have compared the sense of technological dependency–the feeling that we must be accessible and responsive at any time– to that of drugs and alcohol. It’s all because of the hormone dopamine which is related to mood, attention, and desire. When you find something that feels good, dopamine makes you want more of it. I recently heard the term ‘DIGITAL OBESITY’. Yes, I get it. Too much of anything can be detrimental to your health and well-being…” -Tiffany Shlain
Many of us are spending more time at home right now, and thinking about health, so this is the perfect time to make your home healthier!
● Do you crave more energy, optimal health and abundance in life?
● Are you feeling lethargic, low energy, headaches, low libido, allergies, brain fog and just not feeling well?
● Are you, or someone you know, suffering from a “mysterious illness” struggling with feeling “sick,” alone, not validated or unsure about what’s next?
● Have you gone from doctor to doctor, spent so much time and money on medical tests, but all the results showed “NORMAL” only come home with drugs and no solution for the cause of your illness?
● Do you want to know where toxins are coming from, how they affect your health and how to safely detox from them?
● Are your relationships getting hurt because of the way you feel?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then I would love for you to join me in the first-ever “The Healthy Home Show” series hosted by Eric and Fernanda Firman. Fernanda is a Healthy Home Architect and Eric is a Healthy Home Contractor on a mission to bring YOU all of the knowledge, information, tips, tricks & tools that they didn’t have during their own healing journey.
They hand-picked 20+ experts to share How to Create a Healthy Home. Find, remove/reduce and safely detox from hidden toxin exposure in your home and life.
Join us here: The Healthy Home Show
As many of us are spending extra time at home right now, here are some tools to reduce your technology use.
IT’S TOO EASY TO BE A TECH ADDICT.
Also: check out the rest of this website: 24SixLife.com for amazing insight on the benefits of Technology Shabbats. Enjoy!
“These tools will help you unplug on your day away from screens and stay focused the other six days of the week.
Take a Facebook Sabbatical
Click HERE for the steps to take a Facebook Sabbatical for a month, a week, or just a couple of days.
Set Your Phone on Do Not Disturb with Brick™ Mode
Worried someone’s going to need to reach you while you’re off your phone? Here’s a tip from our partner Brick™: how to set up a text auto-reply for your phone-free time.
Add the “Momentum” Chrome Extension to Stay Focused Throughout the Week
Add the Momentum Extension for Chrome HERE
Set up your account
Prioritize your tasks by inputting your “Main Focus” for the day
Every time you open your Chrome browser or a new tab Momentum will remind you of your Main Focus for the day. Add and check off tasks as you please!
Now you can stay more focussed and less distracted when using screens six days of the week as you are constantly reminded of your goals each day!
Pause Incoming Emails with “Boomerang” for Gmail
Download Boomerang for Gmail HERE
Follow instructions on the following page to set up your Boomerang application
Now in the upper left corner of your Gmail page you will find a “Pause Inbox” button that allows you to fight email overload and stay more productive! When composing an email, you can also schedule it to send at a later time with the red “Send Later” button.”
City of San Diego Awarded GE Mass Surveillance Contract Without Oversight.
San Diego is now home to the largest mass surveillance operation across the country
While the California Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) into law in 2018, ostensibly to help California consumers protect their online data, state and local government doesn’t appear to be required to comply with this law.
Recently we learned that the Department of Motor Vehicles is earning more than $50-million a year by selling California drivers’ personal information, and the public is not offered an opt-out option of sharing personal information.
Now we learn that San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott gave the approval to General Electric to outfit 4,000 new “smart street lights” with cameras and microphones in 2017. These CityIQ Nodes are listed on this city map and in the screen shot below.
The City of San Diego appears to now be in the business of enabling mega-data companies to cash in on city residents’ privacy.
Want to know more? Check out the rest of the story HERE.