The massive amount of evidence showing that screen time is harmful for children, combined with a lack of evidence that any type of screen time is beneficial (particularly in the younger years) supports that. I do not reach the goal of 0 for the kids, but get closure than most.The short answer is no.
I've used it in the past, 10-15 years ago when I regularly ran mountain marathons, so I understand why people use it.
Ultimately though for the past five plus years I've been removing tech from my life wherever possible.
It's only had positive effects for me, my wife and our children, especially our children in doing so.
I agree. For me, I have tried pen and paper and it has only ever stuck for about 3 months. I hit a spot like I'm in currently, where I'm working 72 hrs or so a week and with paper I get descuraged by the lack of logged workouts. Somehow, the watch is different to my mind. Cannot make sense of it, but it is how it is.Sure it helps up to a point. Consistency over many years, patience and a good program to achieve what you want are much more important. Pen and paper should not be overlooked.
The massive amount of evidence showing that screen time is harmful for children, combined with a lack of evidence that any type of screen time is beneficial (particularly in the younger years) supports that. I do not reach the goal of 0 for the kids, but get closure than most.
For myself, while I play no games, have not social media beyond Rokslide and Tacomaworld, and need it for work (no other way to have hundreds of dollars in reference material in your pocket), I still find my phone in my hand more than I like and would like to deep six the damn thing.
I'm thinking about cloning my SIM and getting a dumb phone for when I'm not at work.
Anyway, off topic, but I applaud you. I also think a Garmin watch is pretty different from smartphones, computers, and TV, thoug the use of a smart watch does require some interaction with one of the first two.
@pk_, I'm curious about this part. What do you do with this information, do you actually alter your training plan on a given day based on the numbers? I've got a Fenix 6, I use it mainly to track distance and time. I occasionally look at some of the other metrics, but the data doesn't influence my training. I work a regular 9-5 job M-F, so even if the data says I should take Saturday off, it's just not happening. That's my long run day. I will sometimes skip a weekday run if I've been on a good streak and I'm feeling fatigued. But that's totally based on feel (never actually compared that to the data, I should in the next cycle). I've got several friends who also track all this data, none of them change their training based on the data either. So, I'm not trying to call you out, I'm genuinely curious if anyone who trains recreationally uses the data to influence their training schedule.
From a privacy standpoint, I find a cell phone (any cell phone, not just smartphones) significantly more disturbing than a smart watch (unless the watch has a sim and is cellular enabled, then it is basically a cell phone). The GPS on the watch is not always on, the significant hit in battery life when tracking an activity is evidence of this. On the other hand, a cellular device is always giving away its location to stay connected to the network.GPS watches are different yes, but it's also a GPS and increasingly a bluetooth device strapped to your body, even reading heart rate, etc then uploading all that data. All of it. You know that's not private, right?
That's a hard pass from me chief.
We all, (me included) have been playing with these toys with very little thought about the how's and why's of what we are doing.
In terms of T.V. , YT, social media, phones and tablets yes you are 100% correct.
They in effect cause brain damage in children.
It's that crazy, yet very few people are thinking and talking about it and even fewer people are taking action on it.
In the tech world this is known which is why they don't allow their children, (what few of them that have children) to use or even see mobile phones!
Very common practise in San Fran for nannies to have written into their contracts that their phones will never been seen let alone used in front of the clients children.
Then the real, but again mostly dismissed issue of electromagnetic radiation from bluetooth, mobile signals, and internet and WiFi signals.