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Anxiety, concern, conflict — parents and teens agree that digital devices are a source of all three of these, according to a study from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The comprehensive study compared digital device usage in the United States and Japan and how they have an impact on family relationships in both countries. “The patterns of daily life have been forever altered by the ubiquity of digital devices,” says Willow Bay, co-author of the study and dean of USC Annenberg College. “Clearly, our always- on media environment is presenting challenges.” So why do we still have these devices on us at all times, and how can we use them more responsibly? USC Annenberg’s study demonstrates that technology isn’t going away any time soon, and learning how to manage its usage is critical. Here are some tips that both parents and teens can learn from. HOWTO BALANCE TECHNOLOGY USE INYOUR FAMILY Manage Your Devices; Don’t Let Them Manage You The study gave interesting insight into how we perceive our kids’ technology usage and how they perceive ours. It found that most parents think their teens are addicted to their mobile devices. Most parents also felt addicted themselves. Their teens are aware of this — 1 in 3 teens also believes their parents are addicted. Your kids learn from how you spend your time. As the parent, you are the No. 1 example your child has for any behavior. If they see you looking at your phone most of the time they’re with you, they’ll likely start to do the same. Be the Example
How hot can it get?Wow, this summer has been really hot. It makes you realize that Willis Carrier probably invented the most important invention for anyone who lives in the South. Mr. Carrier is listed as the man who invented air conditioning. Prior to his invention, I can only imagine how unpleasant it must have been. Thank you, Mr. Carrier. I would like to just say, we have had several deaths recently as I amwriting this, and it really makes you look at your life, your friends, and your family. It makes you appreciate your time, as we are not guaranteed a tomorrow. Make sure your loved ones know you love them. Life is short and precious and when it goes, it goes quickly. For families with school aged children, school is starting again. Drivers, make sure you reduce your speed in school zones.
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