The importance of screen-free time for the development of creativity

by Anna Blanch on January 11, 2012 has a piece that explores the development of creativity and the importance of screen free time.

Divergent thinking is key to problem solving and is the backbone of creativity—understanding what is, and then imagining the possibilities of what could be. The word “creativity,” in our society, tends to be applied to artistic endeavors. But divergent thinking is an essential part of everyday life, whether it’s navigating office politics or devising a new social-media network. When a toddler figures out that he can climb a strategically placed chair to reach a cookie on the kitchen counter, he has engaged in highly creative problem solving (to the chagrin of his parents).

The recommendation is no more than 2 hours per day and an encouragement to play with your children!


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