How does one combat your child’s excessive use of technology you ask? Why not ban the existence of it in your life for an entire year. The link above leads directly to a story about a family, which carried out an unorthodox tradition of removing cell phones, tablets, flat screen TV’s and anything even slightly considered a tool of technology. As stated in the article, it took ‘Today’, hours upon hours to even get in contact with the family, as father Blair McMillan simply put it, “we don’t have call waiting or an answering machine”. Imagine with how in tune not only our generation is with technology but how much it affects the world we live. Could you imagine a town or campus shutting down the use of electronics for a day let alone an entire year? While one could sit all day and list how important technology is for the advancement of our society and the many positive benefactors it brings, it’s clear that we as a society have become entirely too dependent on technology.
As McMillan stated in the article, this wasn’t necessarily a punishment for his girlfriend and children rather a way to connect deeper as a family in non-traditional ways and he states, “instead, shutting their family off from the normal barrage of technology opened up new doors, both literally and figuratively. After dinner, the family has to find an activity to occupy their time.” He goes on to speak about how the lack of technology has in term built a bond between his sons and, “the boys have become closer as a result of the experiment, although they do tend to fight more because they’re playing together more frequently and have the normal sibling quarrels over sharing.” This may come as a surprise but this is solid proof towards the argument that electronics strain In house relationships. I personally use my iPhone and laptop constantly; the television is always on at my house. At home we have an iPad and two computers with multiple televisions also. I don’t feel the slightest disconnect with my family and many around my age group could argue the same thing. Although I am the youngest in my house, I have younger cousins that live locally that I see often and I can see how entrenched they are in their electronics and see my aunts and uncles have a tough time getting the full attention they seek. Although McMillan’s way of combating technology is unorthodox and a bit unrealistic, are their ways to limit technology with the good intentions of your family and is it necessary?