I spend my summers, along with my husband and our two daughters in rural Vermont with 120 children who think of themselves as “quirky” – many of whom have a diagnosis of NVLD. Our community of over 200 people has an amazingly rare opportunity to spend the summer months almost completely unplugged. Aside from daily communication with parents via email and phone, we live without television, cell phones, video games. You see, we run a residential summer camp where we focus on the things that matter most…interpersonal IN PERSON relationships – something so many of us now struggle to find time for.
I just finished reading two articles about the impact of smartphones on our emotional wellbeing and our intelligence. Neither article was positive. The bottom line is that our constant use of our phones has caused us to feel more depressed, to sleep less, to interact with others less and to be more distracted. All of these factors are even more intense for teens who are using phones these days as a way to interact with peers.