Dr. Mike Bishop-800-390-6986 www.summerlandcamps.com
Dr. Mike took time from his busy schedule as Ex. Dir. of Summerland Camps (NC,CA) to talk with Lon Woodbury May 3, 2018 to talk about the mission of his new program Summerland Camps. He explained that many children are using computers and tapping phones which detracts them from real life to their own future detriment. The camps do not work with kids that could be considered addicted to digital screens, but for kids that are functioning ok, but are obsessed with digital screens enough to cause problems that could, without intervention, grow into serious future problems. He also described some of the techniques the camps use to help these children get a better perspective and balance on life.
This is a very good sign, that people like Dr. Mike are stepping forward with solutions to help fend off more serious problems that come from giving too high a priority to computers and smart phones. The promise of the digital revolution was to bring more people communicating together and to have all the information you need to live a fuller life. In this the revolution has been outstandingly successful. But, we are finding serious downsides.
My favorite cartoon was a line of students walking to school, all hunched over staring at their screens. The caption was “Zombie Apocalypse.” For students and adults, there are studies showing they spend hours and hours staring at screens every day, at the expense of other healthy and important activities. We all have heard stories of people sitting together and instead of visitng and talking, they are just texting each other. With these people, gone are learning some social skills, or how to read body language and facial expressions, etc. It is called virtual reality for a reason-its not really real. A lot of reality that are important aspects of socializing and communicating and relating to others are filtered out.
Peoples’ thinking is largely deverloped through how we communicate. There were major changes in our thinking with each change in technology of communicating: through the printing press, the telegraph, the radio, TV etc. Can you imagine a future where people don’t really talk with each other, but just text? It is important that leaders step forward and learn how to create a balance that keeps traditional socializing and communication tools, but adds computers and smartphones as an expansion rather than a replacement. -Lon