Fellow author Brian Niemeier has written an article on his blog titled “Jaimie’s Island“. It’s an interesting read. Here’s an excerpt.
Boomers left parenting up to TV, and Millennials are leaving parenting up to tablets and phones.
As a result, young adults today have little contact with the highs and lows of the real world. Instead, their lives are defined by screens that act as windows into false realities where nothing really happens. These electronic illusions sap Millennials’ and Zoomers’ motivation by giving them dopamine hits for simulated achievement.
Cut the screens cold turkey.
And not just electronic devices. To cure false reality addiction, Jaimie advises his viewers to reset their lives. That means throwing out the iPhone, laptop, tablet, game console, booze, drugs, and TV.
In fact, he suggests picking one room in the house and clearing everything out of it except for a mattress.
This done, our young NEET must commit to following one rule: Don’t do anything that makes you go backwards.
Jaimie wagers that viewers who take these drastic steps will soon get so tired of sitting alone without any stimulation, they’ll venture outside to relieve the tedium.
And that impetus to get up and go will be the first spark of their rekindling motivation.
What will Millennial NEETs find beyond their doorsteps? In time, they will have real-life experiences with real stakes. They’ll meet people, get exercise, and gain experience.
But most important of all, they’ll try new things and fail.
Because failure is a great teacher. And persistence is invincible.
There’s more at the link, including a video of Jaimie talking about his perspective.
Sounds excessive, you say? Impractical, what with the demands of everyday communication? I’m not so sure. I see entire families at restaurants, every head – father, mother and every child – bowed over a smartphone, not communicating with or paying attention to each other at all. Even when their food arrives, they lay their phones down next to their plates and continue to look at them between every mouthful of food. Where’s the family life in that? Is the smartphone a blessing or a curse when it comes to community, to being truly aware of each other? Can people brought up – if you can call it that – in that fashion ever establish a meaningful relationship with a spouse or partner in their turn – let alone with their children, if they bother to have any?
Jaimie’s ideas offer serious food for thought. Recommended reading.