Great article from Silvia Beier on the nature of work for many of us and what this means when we worry about screen time for our kids. That’s right… look in the mirror! And I don’t mean that in a negative way per se. Just that a lot of the work we do looks EXACTLY LIKE what our kids look like when they are on screens — whether they are watching a TV show or vlog, or playing video games — either alone or with a mob of friends on a minecraft or terraria server.
I sometimes feel like the hard work they are doing understanding Terraria (“OK GOOGLE: terraria vortex wings”…) is EASILY as complicated as the software engineering work that I do for a living. (They would probably love it!) But for now… this PLAY is their WORK. I see no difference between the WebEx meeting I had this afternoon — sharing screens and discussing a design with colleagues — as when my kids are working on crafting and defeating bosses in the latest game while discussing it all on Skype running in the background. Some in the same room or across the house…. others across town. Really. It’s awesome, it’s natural, and it’s work.
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Silvia Beier, Are They Getting Their Work Done?, October, 2016