New Sin Tax on Screen Time

screen-time-for-kidsBased on overwhelming evidence, namely, that the over the last 50 years, the average screen time that a U.S. citizen is exposed to has eerily tracked the average weight gain of such citizen, and that children exposed to increasing levels of screen time lose social skills (other than communicating to other such children about their screen time) and the ability to cope (because in life there is no reset button), a proposal for a sin tax on screen time has … well, reached its time.

Think of the benefits! All we have to do is look at the benefits of what the sin tax on tobacco has given us: a reduction in lung cancer and CPD diagnoses. And to increase the positive effects, all we have to do is up the tax! Remember, President Obama promised no new taxes and his first official act as President was to raise the tax on cigarettes. But, he would say, it’s not really a tax. It’s a health improvement plan for the nation. And so is the sin tax on screen time!

screen-time-for-kids-4Think about it. Children as well as adults will be forced out of sheer boredom to … well, go outside for example, perhaps see their neighbor and have a conversation with him or her, or maybe start going for walks, or perhaps visit a library or museum, maybe even adopt a hobby that doesn’t involve screen time. And yes, I’m still looking at building a model railroad in my basement. And instead of watching a YouTube video on how to do it, I might visit an model railroading exhibition and talk to the people who have actually done such things.

America will be healthier, wiser, and its citizens will be more interconnected (physically as opposed to virtually). By the way, is there even an argument still going on that virtual reality is just as good as “real” reality? I suppose so. And there are valid points to the argument. But, here’s my rebuttal. And sorry, it does get a little scientific. But, we are here on Earth today because billions of years ago there was a supernova explosion. This supernova was hot enough to fuse the heavier elements (all elements above the halfway point in the Periodic Table), and those elements contributed to the formation of this planet, and life on Earth would not exist without those elements. So what? Well, particles have a memory. They know where they’ve been. And perhaps because of this, it’s a universal truth that everything is interconnected. This rings true regardless of a scientific rationale, but there is indeed one in the quantum explanation of things. But that’s a different blog post.

screen-time-for-kids-2So anyone interested in improving the health of Americans, in reestablishing a sense of community in our children, in improving general relationships between people should get on board with this proposal. Of course, they won’t. It would take away their screen time. Still, I’d like to point out that I work in a health care profession. I work for a company that makes medical devices that saves 1,000 lives a day worldwide. Now, I understand that everyone needs to make a living, but I can’t help but feel a bit of pride in my job that the work that I do is involved in medical procedures that literally saves peoples lives. I don’t think I would feel the same way about my job if I were involved in the manufacture of … say, automobile parts. And so I’m suggesting that people who get on board with this proposal will indeed attain a sense of pride in their efforts, and this pride will be justifiable because it’s a pride in helping other people. And who on Earth wouldn’t be proud of that?

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