By Jurgen Haver
Editors Note: Jurgen Haver is the husband of Judith Costello, one of Lehmanâ€™s Country Life long time contributors.
Just this week I read the results of three research studies. The first said the average child spends 45 hours a week in the digital world (cell phone, TV, games, texting, computer). Next was a study that concluded cell phones and e-mails help children socialize better. The last one was convinced that all of these digital tools were changing the way young peopleâ€™s brains actually work and was probably not a good thing.
So, as I often do, I went out and talked to my animals about it. You can trust animals, you know. Hereâ€™s what I learned:
- Our pinto does not have video games but she has lots of time to horse around.
- Our chickens do not have their images on My Face, proving theyâ€™re not such dumb clucks after all.
- Our pig does not have a cell phone and so is never tempted to hog all the minutes.
- Our cows are not interesting in texting each other because theyâ€™re convinced the itâ€™s just a lot of bull.
- Our sheep do not have High Definition TV which means they never have to decide which of the new seasonâ€™s shows are good and which are baaaaaaaad.
So Iâ€™ve taken a tip from my animals and have done away with all of that digital stuff. Except for High Definition football, e-mails, word processing programs and my handy cell phone. What was that? I just heard my cat say phfffft and my dog has begun howling. Oh well, what do they know anyway?
About the Author: Jurgen Haver and his family live at Sagging Acres Farm in rural New Mexico. Jurgen has been a business consultant to CEOs and politicians for over forty years.