By B.N. Frank
Now The New York Public Library seems to think the answer to getting kids to read is by putting books on Instagram:
The new service, dubbed “Insta Novels,” will be available to all Instagram users starting Wednesday, regardless of whether they have a NYPL card or live in New York City […]
The technology works in such a way that when readers are on the Instagram app, they hold the page of a book by resting their thumb on the screen, library officials said. They turn the page by lifting their thumb.
The experience is “unmistakably like reading a paperback novel,” Corinna Falusi, Mother in New York’s partner and chief creative officer, said in a statement.
How is the experience “unmistakably like reading a paperback novel” when exposure to blue light from screens can cause all kinds of health issues including insomnia and blindness?
Many other experts have recommended this as well. In February, CBSNews.com listed “Encouraging Kids to Use Cell Phones” as Number 3 of their “8 Dumb Things to Boost Possible Cancer Risk.”. More recently, American Cancer Society chief medical officer referred to results from a U.S. government study on cell phone radiation as a “game changer.”
There are documentaries about excessive tech use and exposure harming children. Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen stated in regard to kids and screens: “We’re on the brink of the worst mental health crisis in decades.”
So why is The New York Public Library encouraging kids to use screens even when they aren’t in school AND when experts have stated that we should be reducing the amount of time kids use screens even for school work because it’s reducing their ability to learn?
Wouldn’t it be great if The New York Public Library encouraged kids to read actual books while using incandescent light bulbs instead?
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Clear Light Ventures
- Dr. Sam Milham
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- We Are The Evidence