I couldn’t believe it! Only 34 Minutes a day?!
A study conducted in Britain by the Highland Spring Group noted “the average family gets just 34 minutes a day together ‘undistracted’ – time where they feel they actually bond together and catch up without gadgets or routines getting in the way” Maybe this sounds like your family? We are the most “connected” we’ve ever been with technology. Yet we are the most disconnected from each other than we’ve ever been. This can have an effect on your child’s mental and physical wellbeing.
I read an article posted by Carmen Chai on the Global news website. A study conducted by Columbia University wanted to look at depression rates in youths aged 12-17. “Cases of major depression climbed from 8.7 per cent in 2005 to 11.3 per cent in 2014 – a 37 per cent increase.” The CMHA also noted that “five per cent of young men and 12 per cent of young women between 12 and 19 have experienced severe depression.”
Based on Statistics Canada in 2017, 30% of kids aged 5-17 are overweight or obese. Diabetes Canada says “the rate of diabetes in children all over the world has increased in the past twenty years.” We all know kids are spending way too much time on the computer. I don’t think any further statistics are necessary here.
The time you’re not spending with your child matters. It has a distinct effect on their mental and physical wel lbeing. Engaging in positive activity with your children can therefore have a positive effect on their mental and physical wellbeing. That’s the message here. Thirty four minutes a day is not enough.
If we seek to change these unhealthy habits we first change our own.
Make that change if only for those around you.