Every night I go to bed thinking how I can help change the world and inspire people to love our beautiful wildlife and ecosystems! I’d legit take a bullet for any animal at any day and anytime that’s just how much I care for them ! Idk what kind of fire god set in my soul for animals but the love is deep and real ! I was placed on this earth for 1 thing and that’s exactly what I’ll do for the rest of my life ! Let’s all love one another and save the planet together as one ☝️ 🌎 @kodyantle TAG A ANIMAL LOVER ❤️
The video reinforces a weird intuition I (we all) have that there is just something about how we take to this stuff so fluidly that screams we should be careful with it. Maybe we overascribe the negative effects of touchscreens according to our own experiences, which are complicated in lots of ways beyond using the device itself, and shouldn’t feel so conflicted about letting vulnerable parties play with them. I think more days than not about this blog from Paul Ford where he describes how his children will, unprompted, bring his iPhone to him because using it seems to make him happy. But it irritates me, and seems inherently alarming, that tech companies managed to access our very biology in such a direct way that babies and primates need no introduction to apps and touchscreens.
It’s interesting timing that today the World Health Organization announced it recommended severely limiting screen time for children under five years old while we are still studying its impacts. The move echoes the stance that many Silicon Valley scions who very precisely got us into this mess have, with zero trace of irony, affected over the last couple of years: tech is bad for small minds. (Worth noting, however, a disproportionate number of them are also anti-vaxxers.)
This news is so far getting a dim reception from parents who note many of the limitations of the “ideal” parenting picture the WHO paints are systemic, and screen time doesn’t stem from a lack of imagination or awareness that hands-on engaged playtime would probably be a superior activity. It’s a profound irony that the companies making money hand over fist from these devices are not recirculating the wealth in a way that would enable us to stop handing kids these devices, neither by paying taxes nor distributing the wealth to anyone but the very top executives. This play for dominance is probably working out better than those few masterminds could have ever dreamed.