Dec. 6, 2013: Slow down & unplug together, by Callahan Figgs

December 6, 2013 by

web-CallahanFiggsKids these days take for granted the time they get to spend with friends and family. We get so involved in social media, TV and video games that we forget to look up and see what is happening around us.

I do admit that I have social media accounts, but I don’t let them control my life.  Sometimes it isn’t easy when everyone around me — kids and adults — are on their electronic devices, but somehow I manage.

According to a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Using social media web sites is among the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents.”

Now isn’t that sad? What happened to talking to people face to face? Many people feel more comfortable sending a text or an email instead of saying what they want to say straight to the person’s face. But when you don’t communicate face to face, emotions could be interpreted wrong and this can spell trouble.

With all of the technology out there, some kids believe that school is a waste of time because “there’s an app for that.” But we need school not only for academic reasons, but also so that we can meet, learn from and understand people outside of our own little bubble. The same reasoning applies to attending church and community activities.

What happened to eating as a family, playing games together, attending church and helping your neighbors? Do you know the names of your neighbors? If not, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Maybe even start a conversation… You might have some things in common.

This week, take the time to slow down, unplug and get to know those around you face to face.

— Callahan Figgs is a seventh grader at Concordia Junior High School and the daughter of Joel and Paula Figgs.  

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