The Winter of Our Disconnect

The Winter of Our Disconnect

How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and A Mother Who Slept With Her IPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale

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The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family's entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months-from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son's seriously souped-up gaming PC-her three kids didn't blink an eye. Says Maushart: "Looking back, I can understand why. They didn't hear me."

For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table, this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you LOLing with recognition. But it will also make you think.

The Winter of Our Disconnect challenges readers to examine the toll that technology is taking on their own family connections, and to create a media ecology that instead encourages kids-and parents-to thrive. Indeed, as a self-confessed single mom who "slept with her iPhone," Maushart knew her family's exile from Cyburbia wasn't going to be any easier for her than for her three teenagers, ages fourteen, fifteen, and eighteen. Yet they all soon discovered that the rewards of becoming "unplugged" were more rich and varied than any cyber reality could ever be.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781585428557
1585428558
Branch Call Number: 303.483309 MAUSHART
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 21 cm

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modestgoddess
Aug 19, 2016

Just fascinating. I loved that the whole family rediscovered lost pleasures - like making music, cooking, and sleep! Reassuring (I am not quite as addicted to technology as this family) and disturbing (ack, I have done so many of the horrible things Maushart confesses to!). Wish the whole world would pull the plug, just for a week, to see what happens...but suspect if the planet went technology-free even for a little while I would fall apart just as much as the next person. I like the phrase "digital hygiene" (I think that was it, not "technological") and mean to mind my own a bit more closely since reading this. Highly readable. Also makes me want to read Walden....

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telger
Jul 27, 2013

This book is an eye opener and an electronic shutter for me!Maushart is brutally honest about what goes on and what made her decide to pull the plug off- literally! I admire her for daring to do this unthinkable at this day and age where electronic is almost like the air we breathe and can be traded easily with the food our body needs.And Im happy to report that I did it for three days which was excruciatingly difficult but I did my version of "My Winter of my Disconnect" and its so worth it and highly recommend it for all the right and wrong reasons!

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elizabennett
Feb 19, 2011

A disarmingly honest recount of how we have allowed various technological tools have become our masters. Maushart is no luddite nor is she a purist, rather she makes considered recommendations for how to regain our mastery over technology. It is also a very interesting reflection on modern parenting patterns and how ineffective and ultimately damaging they can be for young people.

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