Turkle emphasizes leading an "examined life" with the use of our technology. What is it really for? How would it be best used in my life? She recommended setting boundaries and limitations for ourselves and our children, so we can keep our technology use to where it is useful to us, and not where it is preventing us from being truly present with those around us.
Here are some changes we have made in our family:
- No-Screen Night every Thursday. Computers, iPads, phones, etc. off. No exceptions (It's been awesome! Thursday read-a-thons are way better than whatever else we were doing).
- One weekend night is also screenless
- No screens at the table, if there's anyone sitting with you
- I keep the computer off until the boys are in nap/quiet time (after lunch)
- The boys only have 15 mins of "computer time" (or iPad) after they've had a little "school time" (which happens after nap/quiet time).
- No phones in the car. We're still working on this one. But when you're all together in a confined space, it's perfect conversing time!