This week we are talking about love. Perhaps it’s love for our partners or family members, love for a child or student, love for a pet or best friend, love for our favorite barista or pizza delivery driver. In this state of love that we’re in and reflecting on, why don’t we add the Internet to our list? That’s right, let’s fall in love with the Internet.
When I talk with parents and educators about tech, I always encourage this kind of love. It feels critical to consider how we use our screens as a relationship. It’s alive. It’s fluid. It shifts and changes. When we think about this through the lens of a relationship, we begin to see that there is work to do, but also peace to make. We take down our walls of resistance and begin to get curious. We think about boundaries differently. We might feel that we can actually enjoy our tech and also turn it off sometimes and spend some time without it.
Below, I’ve outlined eight reasons to build that healthy, loving relationship with tech. So, go ahead, this is your permission slip to fall in love.
- Acknowledge the Internet exists…