Screen Time & Cognition

Years ago, parents were concerned about how many hours their kids spent watching TV. Concerns were largely about lack of exercise, fitness, and obesity.  Now, many people have expressed concerns about the amount of time their kids spend playing computer games and using the variety of communications opportunities now available via one kind of screen or another.  Concerns have been about more than lack of fitness, however, but also about intellectual impact.  Now, here’s some actual research.

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Limiting children’s screen time linked to better cognition

 

Alex Therrien, Health reporter

BBC News

27 September 2018

 

Children aged eight to 11 who used screens for

fun for less than two hours a day performed

better in tests of mental ability, a study found.Keep reading

Wonder

Here’s an unusual, in-depth study about one of the more positive qualities we, as humans, share. As you’ll read, without wonder, where would we be?  And I believe you’ll also see it as a fundamental ingredient to our quality-of-life experience … and as an essential characteristic in “sustainable living.”

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How wonder works 

One emotion inspired our greatest

achievements in science, art and religion.

We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?Keep reading

Prescribing Play?

Here’s an unusual topic that, it turns out, seems to have direct bearing on “sustainable living,” because of the abilities that are developed through play.

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Kids are so over-scheduled

that doctors are being

told to prescribe play

 

Jenny Anderson

Quartz

August 21, 2018

 

For many parents, back-to-school season incites a mad scramble to organize kids’ activities—from music lessons to math club and after-school tutoring. But a new policy report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests we’d do better to pencil in big blocks of time devoted to nothing but free play.… Keep reading

Electric Highways

For centuries, the cheapest way to produce electric power was coal. Over time, the owners of coal companies developed greater political influence, as they employ many people.  And today, their donations to politicians give them considerable federal support.  Yet, while coal was an essential underpinning of the industrial revolution, it’s now going the way of buggy whips.

With all the federal support they can muster, coal-fired power plants are closing.  Coal companies are going out of business.  A few years ago, photovoltaic panels became the least expensive way to generate electricity. … Keep reading

“Strongman Politics”

Here’s a brief article that may not seem like something we can do anything about, but which has absolutely direct bearing on sustainable living. Clearly, President Trump acts more like a dictator than previous Presidents, as he comes from small private sector companies, in which the owner of the company is the ruler, and has the right to hire and fire as he or she pleases.

However, if we look globally, many other countries who use the title, “President,” and purport to have democracies – such as The Philippines’ Duterte, Turkey’s Erdogan, China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, or Venezuela’s Maduro – have leaders who were initially elected, but essentially turn their democracy into an autocracy.… Keep reading