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Over-stimulated, Yet Empty

The inner emptiness that Lisa Schlesinger highlights in her article “Over-Stimulated Yet Empty” is a concern I have for kids as well as adults. In our highly connected, disconnected society (or perhaps our highly disconnected connected society), our kids race around like chickens with their heads cut off from one activity to another with barely time enough to breathe. When there is space in their schedules, they are de-stressing with video games, scrolling through Instagram posts of their closest hundred friends they’ve never met, or keeping up with the Kardashians. Whatever happened to practicing cartwheels for hours on the front lawn? Bike rides along the creek? Playing kickball on the cul-de-sac? I realize I am dating myself, but I long for the days when the games we played were secondary to the relationships with friends. It didn’t really matter what we were doing as long as we had each other.

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