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Digital Nutrition

At CheckPoint, we advocate for the responsible use of technology and games, and as such, we are thrilled to collaborate and promote the work of Jocelyn Brewer, the creator of Digital Nutrition, in promoting healthy, balanced, and rewarding digital citizenship.

digi nutritionDigital Nutrition is a framework to help guide us towards healthy digital use. By following the ‘three M’s’, Digital Nutrition helps us to understand the range of cognitive, social and educational values contained in the technology enabled media content we consume, and the way that technology impacts our psychology and overall physical and mental health.

Imagine that that activities we use technology for (apps, games, social media platforms) came with nutritional labels to help us understand their impacts. Imagine we considered the way we consume digital content the way we have learnt to consider food and it’s impacts on our wellbeing.

The three M’s of Digital Nutrition are Mindful, Meaningful, and Moderate.

 

MINDFUL

Mindful in that you are present to your actions, you have moment- to-moment awareness of, and responsibility over your activities online and how these impact not just other aspects of your life but other people too. Being mindful means you’d benefit from pausing, and thinking more broadly about how what you do, say, click on and scroll through impacts your overall health and wellbeing (one swipe at a time).

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How do I feel in my mind and body before I go online?
  • What am I truly seeking when I go online?
  • How does being online change my feelings or physical sensations?
  • How can I get better at ‘reading’ and ‘listening’ to these cues?
  • How can I remain focused and present while online?

 

MEANINGFUL

Meaningful in that you have a sense of purpose and clarity in regard to what you’re reading, commenting on or participating in. That the activities contribute, even in a small way, to your goals and values. When you have clarity with your values, and live aligned to them you have a greater sense of purpose – which in turn contributes in a more meaningful and effective way to you being the person you want to be (both online and IRL, in real life).

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How is what I am viewing/reading relevant to or aligned to my goals?
  • How does this action/activity contribute in a positive way to my life and overall sense of wellness?

 

MODERATE

Moderate in that you’re able to regulate and temper your habits and usage, and avoid negative impacts across other aspects of your life. Moderation means that you both use technology in moderated amounts of time, but also are able to moderate what you say and how you react to things that show up in your online world. The activities are balanced and like in Goldilocks done in amounts that are ‘just right’!

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How can I tell if I am over-reacting to a situation online?
  • What would happen if I did not respond to that tweet/comment/post/message?
  • What strategies or digital hacks can I use to mediate my time online and ensure I don’t ‘overdose’?
  • How can I remember to pause and think before I post? How do I notice when it’s time to logoff/take a break?

 

To find out more, please visit the Digital Nutrition and Jocelyn Brewer websites.


Image credit: Digital Nutrition

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