Episode 43 – Heading into the Roaring 20s with Dr Kristy Goodwin

In this episode I chat with Dr Kristy Goodwin, where she shares insights from the last decade and predictions for the next.

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a digital wellbeing and performance speaker who has dedicated her time to reviewing the impact that technology has on our psychological wellbeing, on our physical wellbeing (eyesight, hearing, musculoskeletal health) right through to how it’s impacting our performance and productivity. She acts as a conduit between research and science, and making it practical and relevant so people can apply it to their lives.

Key episode highlights include:

  • Just having a device present in the room – without even touching it – drops your cognitive ability by 15%
  • Technology should be a great servant, never your master
  • Technology now robs us of moments of white space
  • Key message to parents – you’ve got to be the pilot not the passenger of the digital plane.

Key lessons/achievements from the last decade:
Celebrate: The profound impact that technology has had on our lives, how it is shaping our mental wellbeing, physical health and productivity.
Lesson: We are now living in a world permeated by technology. Children are learning to tap, swipe and pinch before they’ve learnt to ride a bike, grip a pencil or tie their shoelaces. Teens who are sometimes spending more time with pixels than with people. And adults who are tethered to their technologies 24/7. Technology has been intentionally designed to prey on our psychological vulnerabilities, so none of us (kids, teens and adults) are immune to the ‘digital pull’.

What Dr Kristy predicts the next decade will hold:
Adopting healthy & sustainable digital behaviours, where we’re NOT a slave to the screen, but have instead learned to tame our tech habits and leverage the benefits technology offers us, without the adverse consequences.

Personal goals for the next decade:
Raising awareness amongst parents, educators and employees about how we can all use technology in healthy and helpful ways and how to mitigate the potential pitfalls it poses, without proposing ‘digital amputation’.

Dr Kristy’s final messages:
Tame technology so you’re not a slave to a screen!
Kristy’s three B’s for helping your kids (and YOU!) thrive in this digital world:

  • Boundaries – have boundaries around screen time
  • Basic needs – make sure basic needs aren’t being compromised (sleeping, diet, human connection, play)
  • Boredom – allow kids (and yourself) to be bored.

To find out more about Dr Kristy Goodwin, head on over to her website.

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