“Don’t let the young people in your life spend this precious season glued to their devices. You love them too much.”
By Angela Duckworth
What’s one thing you hope the young people in your life do this summer?
I recently asked a version of this question to the grandfather of one of my students.
Without hesitation, he leaned forward and said with conviction, “I’d say, get off those screens!”
I couldn’t agree more.
Come September, what will young people look back on this summer and remember? Will their highlight reel be an endless stretch of mornings, afternoons, and evenings in their bedroom, faces down, staring into their phones? For too many students, this has been a necessary reality for more than a year.
My fondest hope for young people this summer is that they spend as many hours as possible screen-free, talking to people in three dimensions rather than two. The blue canopy sky above has much more to commend it than the blue-light glow of a phone.
Recent research shows a remarkably strong link between green space and mental health. Young people who grow up near more greenery—literally more vegetation in their immediate neighborhood—are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and a range of other mental-health afflictions…
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