Would You Try Thanksgiving…Unplugged?

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A screen-free holiday might be good for ALL ages...

Travis Davis, Staff Reporter

In the year 2015, we use technology to speak to our families near and far rather than have actual face to face conversations. Our faces are constantly glued to the screen of our smartphones rather than the faces of our loved ones. Face to face conversation are basically an old-fashioned way of life.

“Face-to-face conversation is what sustains us. It gives us a sense of connection,” says Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who leads an initiative on the social and psychological influence of technological change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “Eye contact, seeing a face, hearing a voice. Those things together give us a feeling of being cared for and caring for another person. In lieu of the holidays, here are some tips to make sure you don’t miss on anything that could be deemed memorable. 

Start a conversation

You should want to speak with your family, ask your distant cousins how their life is going, or even ask your sister if you can borrow her sweater. Even something minor to spark up a conversation is a great way to start. Questions that you already know the answer too are good as well.

Put Your Phone Down

For at least a few hours, leave your phone alone. Twitter or Snapchat doesn’t need to know what you’re doing every few seconds (unless you’re Shemar Moore) so you can take a break from social media for a bit. The world won’t disappear while you’re having a meal with your family and it won’t kill you to stop lurking for a bit.

No Video Games

Sure there’s games out there that families can play but board games are a better bet. With board games, there’s a better chance of communication than there would be if you are both staring at a screen. Games like Cards Against Humanity or Uno. These are just a few games that involve and build communication skills.

These are just friendly some tips on how to have a Thanksgiving that doesn’t revolve around electronics. The occasional phone call or text is okay but don’t forget to have a good time with your family, no matter how much they irritate you. Communication is the key to a happy relationship with those around you.

Happy Thanksgiving~!