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My Kids’ Opinion of Media Fast Week

On the last day of our media fast, I interviewed my children, asking about their experience and impression of the week.

Here are their answers. I found them both insightful and amusing.


Interview with the 15-year-old

1) At the beginning of the week, how did you feel about going media free?

Annoyed about another one of mom’s schemes.

2) How do you feel about it now?

It wasn’t that horrible. I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, but I survived.

3) What did you like, if anything?

The books and reading more. I’m slightly amused that my brother was so annoyed that he couldn’t watch anything.

4) What did you dislike?

Aside from the obvious? Not being able to Skype my friends. Not watching TV or YouTube was fine, but no Skype was an unfortunate thing.

5) Did you learn anything?

I learned a new game with Dad. I learned that my brother and I can exist together without having to have media — in the same universe interacting with each other. Also, I need to work on not being critical of others.

6) Would you choose to do it again?

Probably not. Maybe in a year or so. I might be interested in doing it again. Not opposed to trying in the distant future.

7) Do you think it was helpful at all –anything positive?

I guess it was character building. I learned that I need to be careful what I say to my brother.

8) Do you hate your mother for making you do it?

No, because I think my mom and brother suffered more than I did.

9) What was your favorite part of the week if you had to pick one thing?

Playing at the beach and completing a whole sand castle. Or maybe playing games with Dad.

10) Would you recommend a media fast to others?

I guess, yes. But only for 1 week. It’s interesting to try to understand life before video games, TV, and stuff.


Interview with the 12 year old

1) At the beginning of the week, how did you feel about going media free?

Ugh. Displeased. Hoping mom wouldn’t be able to go an entire week.

2) How do you feel about it now?

(Sigh) Alright. I’ve kinda gotten used to it, but I honestly might spend more time reading so mom won’t make us do it again.

3) What did you like, if anything?

I thought that going to the library was a fairly adventurous thing. I didn’t mind it even though we can’t read all our books in one week.

4) What did you dislike?

The fact that when we go home we couldn’t just lounge and watch media: we had to find things to do.

5) Did you learn anything?

I learned that our new game is really complicated. I learned that Slime Blocks in Minecraft drag all the connected blocks with them except intractable blocks and obsidian. I learned that the beach is only 45 minutes away!

6) Would you choose to do it again?

Sigh.  (Pursed lips) Probably not unless it was forced upon me again.

7) Do you think it was helpful at all –anything positive?

(Trying to find something positive.) Calvin and Hobbes is funny. –so, no, not really.

8) Do you hate your mother for making you do it?

(Hysterical laughter) No.

9) What was your favorite part of the week if you had to pick one thing?

Beach trip or playing with Dad.

10) Would you recommend a media fast to others?

Maybe? I don’t know. I can’t think of any time I would recommend it.


You can read about my impressions of our media fast here on a previous post. 

Blessings!

Sarah Forbes

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