Over and over again we keep on hearing about how technology, like our beloved BlackBerry, is causing issues in family dynamics. I was just reading an article by Elizabeth Bernstein on the WSJ titled “Your BlackBerry or your Wife” which got the topic started in my head again. We have Bernstein advocating a “Tech Fast” or “Tech Detox” that will help your family reconnect. I am not sure how I feel about that. I do my best to not allow technology to come between me and my wife but technology has become so much of what I do I really can’t imagine going on a “Fast” or “Tech Diet” for a week as Bernstein suggests some do.
On the other hand as a religious Jew I have a predetermined tech fast once a week. From sun down on Friday to sun down on Saturday every week I turn off all my gadgets for Shabbat. For one day a week I know that my BlackBerry will be off, I won’t be connected, and I just relax at home with family and friends. There is a sweet peace of mind that I find each week though I have many friends who think its crazy that my “CrackBerry” is off for 25 hours every week. I kind of find it amazingly peaceful to just have everything turned off for a bit.
I am not advocating that everybody take a tech fast but I am curious to know how many of you have your own variant of the “tech fast”? Do you even think it is a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments!