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January 21st, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Tech detox: one family's story of a winter unplugged

As technology becomes more prolific, our quality time with our loved ones seems to dwindle.

At least that was the case for Susan Maushart, living in Australia with her family in 2009. Maushart was addicted to her iPhone and her kids were hooked on video games and social media so Susan decided to pull the plug on any devices with a screen and forced her family to cleanse themselves of their tech habits.

Maushart documents her family's detox experience in her new book 'The Winter of Our Disconnect' and talks about it with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: American Morning • Technology
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  1. Ebalt Dwyre

    A vindicated again for getting my kids tracfones with the mere minimum of minutes to keep the going through the month...or not. I hate to sound like one of them oldies that starts a conversation by saying "when I was young..." but quite frankly there's need for teens to be carrying smart phones with unlimited plans – of course you're going to lose out on looking them in the eye, and of course they're going to lose something of growing up whilst being sucked into the "mobile nanny".

    January 23, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  2. Robert

    Great interview. Sounds like an interesting tale. Don't know if I would be able to give up my computer or ipod for six months!

    January 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm |