Just how embedded is technology in your family's lifestyle? Susan Maushart, the single mom of three teenage kids from from Perth, Australia, described technology as the water in her home's fishbowl.
"I don't think that my children realized that there was an "RL," or Real Life, as my son would call it, as well as a screen life. The two were getting all mixed up," Maushart told Meredith Vieira recently on the "Today" show.
She was worried about her kids, and as someone who slept with her iPhone, she was worried about herself. So she decided to put her family on a technology diet, unplugging from all wired technology — iPhones, computers, laptops, cell phones, video games and televisions — for a period of six months.
Here's the "Today" show clip where she and her two teenage daughters describe their experience:
Maushart's book, "The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale," chronicles the Maushart family's story.
How would your family hold up to a technology-free challenge? To be honest, I think the rest of my family would do fine, but I'm not so sure about myself. My girls are young, and though they do watch some TV, they haven't yet been sucked into the vortex of cell phones, iPods, video games and Facebook. We don't even have cable TV.
But as a freelance writer who works from home, I am on the computer a lot. When I'm not on the computer, I'm on my smartphone texting, chatting or checking my friend's statuses on Facebook. I use my phone and computer for everything from writing and researching my blog posts, to arranging social events, to staying connected to family. My Girl Scout troop even has a Facebook page.
Could I give it all up and live without technology for a while? Sure — I mean, I think so. Definitely if I had to. I think.
What about you?
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