Traction is any action that pulls us toward what we want to do or what we are interested in doing. These actions are done with intent and purpose.
Distraction, on the other hand, is an action that pulls us away from what we want to do or rather what we need to do.
So if kids want to watch TV to get distracted from studies or escape from studies. It should be a big NO.
But If s/he wants to play Video games it should be fine as long as it’s scheduled and meaningful. However, playing Video games to escape from their responsibilities is a distraction.
Distraction if remained unchecked can form a negative habit, whereas Traction changes the perception and makes it more meaningful and positive.
Traction can also be used with if…then rule…
If you complete your studies in time, then you can watch TV for one hour.
If you help me with kitchen, then I can allow you to play video game for half an hour.
Same is true for us, so …
If I can finish that office presentation, then I can watch TV for one hour.
So anything including digital devices or digital time can be made positive and purposeful if used in the right perspective and within limits i.e for Traction, not Distraction.