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Old 03-16-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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To those who "can't live without it" (ipod, computer, TV):

A benefit of "unplugging" is that you learn that yes, you can live without it. You may not ever choose to again. But yes, you can. Life is perhaps richer than you think.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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To those who "can't live without it" (ipod, computer, TV):

A benefit of "unplugging" is that you learn that yes, you can live without it. You may not ever choose to again. But yes, you can. Life is perhaps richer than you think.
PRECISELY!!!! That was the whole point of the experiment. I finished the book by now and the family did get back to use technology but their lives were greatly enriched by the experience, expecially the children's I would say.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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I bet there is an e-book version of their book out
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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The parents who are really nuts are those that notice when something may be damaging their children but are too afraid of being the grown up and intervening. If they live in my home I don't care if they are 1 or 21.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:31 AM
 
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PRECISELY!!!! That was the whole point of the experiment. I finished the book by now and the family did get back to use technology but their lives were greatly enriched by the experience, expecially the children's I would say.
Ditto! Ever tried to enjoy something out in "nature" - like camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, etc. - with someone who has to be talking on their cell phone, texting, beeping all the time? I'm not talking just teenagers either.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:14 AM
 
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To those who "can't live without it" (ipod, computer, TV):

A benefit of "unplugging" is that you learn that yes, you can live without it. You may not ever choose to again. But yes, you can. Life is perhaps richer than you think.
No I can't.
The stress and anxiety that not having those things causes me it unbearable.
Like today the internet wasn't loading on my phone so I disconnected from the T-Mobile network and tried to connect back and it couldn't even find my network, all that came up was verizon. I was at work and had no way of googling the tmobile customer service line and couldn't get a hold of anyone to call to ask them to google the number, this kind of number can't be found in a phone book.

I felt so helpless.
The internet is where I go to find everything out. Sure, I could go to a library and try to find it in a book but what if I need to know something after the library closes?
My iPod is for music, music its self is not technology, its an art, enjoying music is something no one should go without.
And my cell phone, I use that to keep in touch with people, people think its so impersonal and makes you anti-social but i'm using it to talk to people when I can't be around them.

I felt so stressed when my phone crapped out and when I couldn't find a way to fix it and had no way of getting the information to help myself. Worst feeling ever.

Sure I like my down time, I have plenty of quiet time, I "unplug" sometimes and around certain people, I do read books but take my technology away and you might as well shoot me in the forehead.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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No I can't.
The stress and anxiety that not having those things causes me it unbearable.
Like today the internet wasn't loading on my phone so I disconnected from the T-Mobile network and tried to connect back and it couldn't even find my network, all that came up was verizon. I was at work and had no way of googling the tmobile customer service line and couldn't get a hold of anyone to call to ask them to google the number, this kind of number can't be found in a phone book.

I felt so helpless.
The internet is where I go to find everything out. Sure, I could go to a library and try to find it in a book but what if I need to know something after the library closes?
My iPod is for music, music its self is not technology, its an art, enjoying music is something no one should go without.
And my cell phone, I use that to keep in touch with people, people think its so impersonal and makes you anti-social but i'm using it to talk to people when I can't be around them.

I felt so stressed when my phone crapped out and when I couldn't find a way to fix it and had no way of getting the information to help myself. Worst feeling ever.

Sure I like my down time, I have plenty of quiet time, I "unplug" sometimes and around certain people, I do read books but take my technology away and you might as well shoot me in the forehead.
You are one who really does need to find out that there is a you that's separate from all that stuff. Probably scary. But it would be life-changing.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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We haven't drunk enough of the KoolAid... don't own any igadgets.... but I realized the other day that our oldest son (15) has a problem with his mp3 player.

He always has it on with at least one earbud in. We didn't think it was a problem. He loves music.

The other day his headphones broke and he wanted us to go immediately to the store to get new ones. We told him no, we'd maybe go this weekend if he had his own money to buy new ones with. He asked for some money and he'd pay us back... again we said no... you can save your money and when you have some money we'll take you...

He flipped. He's always been a good kid, no problems, calm laid-back sort of guy, responsible, mature, all good stuff... and suddenly we saw like this teenage demon monster weirdo take over the body of our son. Major teenage temper flare-up. Seriously, it was really weird and totally unexpected. It was like taking the meth pipe away from a tweaker.

We've always been careful to limit TV, vid games, online social networking, cell phone use, etc...etc. But we never thought the mp3 player/music thing could become a problem. Boy - were we wrong!
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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He flipped. He's always been a good kid, no problems, calm laid-back sort of guy, responsible, mature, all good stuff... and suddenly we saw like this teenage demon monster weirdo take over the body of our son. Major teenage temper flare-up. Seriously, it was really weird and totally unexpected. It was like taking the meth pipe away from a tweaker.

We've always been careful to limit TV, vid games, online social networking, cell phone use, etc...etc. But we never thought the mp3 player/music thing could become a problem. Boy - were we wrong!
He's 15? The mp3 could have just been the catalyst. Any one of mine could have some simmering teen-ager angst problem over a girl no one knew even existed then the TV would break and he'd flip out. I learned to say, "What's the real problem here?" (After he ranted and raved and refused to eat supper because he was slowly dying of a broken heart.)

Think something else could be going on?
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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You are one who really does need to find out that there is a you that's separate from all that stuff. Probably scary. But it would be life-changing.

I know there is but no way in hell do I need to give it all up. Can't do it with my current job anyways, I work alone I'd go insane with no form of entertainment and communication.
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