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About the book
This book is an easy-to-read, magazine format packed with lots of pictures and practical things you can do. It is a resource guide featuring dozens of other books from some of the leading experts in this field.
Here is an excerpt from the end of Part 1:
Your take-away so far?
How are you hearing our message in Part A? I hope you don’t think that we’re saying quietening your children with screens makes you a bad parent. Sometimes quiet time watching cartoons is helpful. It’s a problem if this is always how kids self-soothe, or the only way they know how.
Our message is not that Skype, FaceTime or Zoom are bad. Virtual connections can bring people together.
The internet and social media aren’t inherently problematic; they can foster positive social, political and environmental action. Dr. Goodall, Greta Thunberg and other activists use them as a force for good.
Our message is about balance and mindfulness. In Part B we’ll learn from traditional wisdom cultures and how they care for each other and this green planet, our only home.
We’ll see how time in nature and mindfulness practices can help us with digital addiction.
I wrote much of this book outdoors by the lake, under an old maple tree, on a laptop with a wired keyboard and wired mouse. I check email two or three times a day, and miss it when I cannot go online.
I use a corded landline for phone calls. It is the centre of my communication hub. My lowSAR (less radiation) cell phone doesn’t have data, apps, games or notifications. I don’t use it to organize my time, or to keep in touch with friends. It doesn’t talk to the fridge, the car or any security system.
My analog watch doesn't track the weather, my footsteps or my heart rate.
You’ll learn later from a cardiologist and a neuroscientist how “smart” tech can affect our heart and brain health, and how to make truly smart choices.
Less Screen More Green
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction and Book Overview
PART A – You and your brain on too much tech
Technology offers benefits
Silicon Valley reports
Teachers have concerns
Too much screentime – children at risk
Smartphone addiction and youth mental health
The Three Powers
Environmental educators inspire
Outdoor greentime benefits
My story, well, part of my story
Youth making wise choices
Notes from millennials
Seniors feeling isolated
The Mindful Tech Approach
Meet our screentime experts
PART B – Digital detox using the three powers
#1. The power of nature
#2. The power of mindfulness
#3. The power of kindness and being truly connected
PART C – The Mindful Tech Plans
De-clutter your tech with the KonMari Method™
Digital Minimalism tips from Dr. Cal Newport
Safer tech solutions from medical and technical experts
Healthy aging – from conception to college and beyond
The Truly Smart & Healthy Home
Mindful Tech – getting started
The Family Tech Plan
The School Tech Plan
The Workplace Tech Plan
The Transportation Tech Plan
Going forward, Let’s be friends of the future