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How often do you check your phone? How long are you awake in the morning before you find yourself reaching for that addicting little box of technology? Do you struggle to put it down at night? I myself know this struggle. When I decided to take a vacation this year I decided it needed to be about more than just unwinding. I decided it was time to do an electronics detox. Iceland is a beautiful country, the perfect place to get back to nature and away from the rush of the city and the hum of omnipresent phones and computers. Here I really connect with the cycle of life. I want to dance along the bluffs, ride the beautiful Icelandic horses, and just appreciate what the world has to offer. When my attention isn’t always being pulled into my phone I begin to notice the cycle of life here, the yin and yang, the beautiful, self-feeding patterns. Out among the cold rivers and hot springs, grassy bluffs and icey glaciers I practice movement meditation known as 5rhythms. I feel truly in touch with the land: refreshed and rejuvenated. This, I think, nestled among sod houses and stories of elves, is the perfect time to return to my monthly newsletter. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Rising Sun Physical Therapy, and I’m so lucky to have been able to undergo this journey and share my thoughts and passion with you. So please, enjoy
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 anytime soon, and learning how to manage its usage is critical. Here are some tips that both parents and teens can learn from. BE THE EXAMPLE 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. HOWTOBALANCETECHNOLOGY USE IN YOUR FAMILY M anage Y our D evices ; D on ’ t L et T hem M anage Y ou
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