Technology has brought about some major positive changes in terms of the way people work, play, travel, eat, and even how they heal. With advances all these advances in technology, people are now able to stay connected in ways that were never thought possible. Just imagine, for example, what Alexander Bell would think of smartphones and all the amazing tasks they can accomplish!
But while technology has brought about a series of positive changes and leaps forwards in terms progress, like any double edged sword, there are some negative aspects. For examples cases of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition in which sufferers are extremely unhappy with their physical appearance and may go to great and often destructive lengths to correct non-existent issues, are on the rise. The reasoning behind this is that constant exposure to other people’s social media platforms has instilled a sense of insecurity and need to compete.
Similarly, people are relying on technology, especially their smart phones and mobile devices, more than ever before. This reliance on technology has created a sense of concern over whether people, especially younger generations, will still be able to perform simple task such as basic mathematics, reading a map, or even following a recipe without the assistance of a smartphone or tablet!
Perhaps what’s most troublesome is that people nowadays seem to be constantly plugged into their smartphones and mobile devices, so much so that many people find it difficult to have face to face communications. This may even cut into family time, making it more difficult for parents and their children to establish meaningful connections with each other. Everyone can relate to the frustration of trying to hold a conversation with someone who is constantly texting or on the phone! It often leads to frustration or a sense of feeling neglected.
Though technology can also be used to help families stay in touch, it can also make it difficult for families to spend meaningful time together and have some good old fashioned family fun. Luckily, there are plenty of simple and easy ways people can enjoy wholesome family activities without everyone being buried eyes deep in their smartphone or tablet.
Creating fun, family-friendly ideas that allow everyone to have a good time can be difficult. But here are just a few simple family fun ideas that are easy and jammed packed with fun!
Do something outside
An outdoor adventure, such as a hike in a local national park, is a great way for families to kill two birds with one stone; enjoy a family fun activity while also getting some much needed exercise. The United States has the highest rates of childhood obesity, and many people feel that this is due to an increased reliance on technology and less time playing outdoors. Outdoor activity doesn’t have to be as strenuous as a hike. It can be as simple as a throwing a football around or even a Frisbee. Or for a family of adrenaline junkies, you may even want to consider visiting a family adventure park.
Cook a meal together
Why not take pizza night to a whole new level and make your own with the family instead of ordering one out? Not only is it better for you but it can also be an excellent family fun activity! Food has always been the great unifier and way to bring people together. After all, it’s an important part of Thanksgiving! Well, family fun night can be the same way. Bring everyone together and have them pitch in to make and enjoy a meal together. Even the little ones can get involved, and it’s a great way for them to learn healthy eating habits early.
Whip out the old board games
When was the last time you played Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Battleship, or any other old school board game? Surely you remember how much fun they were! Well, even though they may be decades old, they’re still just as — if not more — fun as they were back then. You and your kids will will definitely love this exciting family fun activity.