Nanci, one of the questions posed by some early readers who went through the draft was “damn, this ends dark. What solutions are there?” My honest response was, “I’m not all that sure there are any on a collective scale.” We can’t shut down Facebook or Netflix, and honestly I wouldn’t want too. I like my shows and connecting, but I also use it sparingly (Every Saturday I fast from email, social media, and my phone).

Realistically, it comes down to individual responsibility, good parenting, and influencing others in a positive manner. I think the binge watch culture and social media is the smoking of our age. Everyone assumes it’s just part of life now, but it hasn’t been except for the last decade or so. We don’t know how to be bored or alone with our thoughts, so training a generation as well as ourselves seems to be the key. Until we take individual responsibility and change the tide in our lives, I don’t think the collective tide can be turned.

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