Can your family live without technology?
Can your family live without technology? Probably not, and you don’t have to. But have you considered unplugging for just an hour a day? Tech Timeout™ challenge encourages families to do just that – turn off the digital devices – smartphones, TVs, computers, etc. – for just one hour each day for a week and see what happens.
There is research to suggest that an attachment to technology may contribute to a sense of social isolation. For example, the average US home now has 24 different consumer media and communications devices¹ and it’s not unusual for every member of a family to be plugged into their own device, even in the same room.
We know it might be tough, especially if there are teenagers in your home. But rest assured, when families take the Tech Timeout challenge, the goal is not to eliminate technology all together, just to take a scheduled break from it and see if it has an impact on your family well-being.
You might discover a whole new way of spending time together. You may decide to make it a long-term practice. Or you might decide it’s not for you. The key is you tried it and you talked about it. With Tech Timeout, participation, not perfection, is the key.
¹CEA Market Research: 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study (April 2012)