Marcia's Reviews > 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

The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart
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Feb 23, 11

bookshelves: nonfiction, grown-up-books, technology
Read from February 18 to 22, 2011

I picked this one up because I enjoy the "Do something for one year" and write about it genre. Cook like Julia, create a Happiness project, don't buy anything new....you know. So the premise here is a single mom and her three teens go screen-less for 6 months. No computers, cell phones, TV, or iPods. Maushart's account is a well-researched, fascinating look at the effects of media on our lives. The brain research on how these tools impacts our kids is particularly interesting to me. We cannot multi-task! The brain can only do one task at a time; it's the toggle speed between tasks that makes it appear as if we can. The impact on sleep is also important. In solidarity with the author I went screen-less for a full weekend while I read the book. It was hard, really hard. I felt very anxious not checking my email! Enlightening.
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