An American family featured this week on British breakfast TV show Daybreak. Mother Susan Maushart (http://susanmaushart.com/) decided to unplug her teenagers electronic devices for SIX months after becoming concerned about how much time the family spent on the laptops, TV, phones etc instead of spending quality time together.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the family found the 6 months brought them closer – they spent their time talking, playing games, playing musical instruments, going for walks etc instead of being hooked individually to an electronic device.
I think their experiment was admirable and sometimes I watch period films – okay Jane Austen (!), and think it would be lovely to spend time visiting friends, reading and tasks beyond me like sewing, playing the piano or painting.
But then I think of all the things I’d have to give up to do that and I hesitate. Could I really stop watching TV and films; could I really stop listening to music (and downloading it); could I stop using my iPhone; could I stop online shopping; could I stop blogging?
I’m really not sure that I could. Could you?