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Will Our Children Crave Quiet?

I read this most thought provoking opinion piece at the NYT called The Joy of Quiet and now I can’t stop thinking about it. One of the points the writer makes is that the scarcity of quiet in these technological times will actually be a draw for our children as they grow older. That they’ll crave a place where they can be unplugged.

Has the information age so taken over that, despite our very much recent history of *not* having access to everything and anything we need to know, the pendulum actually will swing the other way and we will want less information? Will the noise coming into our minds ever be able to be reduced back down without seemingly “radical” life changes?  I often wonder how old my children will be before they want to start blogging — but now I wonder if they will even want to?

We take great pains to help our kids understand the benefit and huge value in the internet and our multi-faceted connectivity abilities, all the while teaching balance of that benefit with the simpler things in life that are decidedly disconnected. Having electronic-free hours of the day (no tv or video games or things like that after a certain time) is one way. But I know I personally need that unplugged time as well, and hope to create those boundaries and even find a little zen now and then!

As we enter into the new year, are you making goals for your family to be more unplugged?

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