The Boston Globe: Without being wired, family connected again

My fantasy review … written by Chuck Leddy (aka my new best friend) at The Boston Globe.

Without being wired, family connected again
Chuck Leddy

Susan Maushart, a divorced mother of three teenagers, noticed how digital technology, from Facebook to online gaming to constant text messaging, had fractured her family into independent fiefdoms. Connected only to their devices and their online “friends,’’ the Maushart family had stopped eating together and rarely held real-world conversations. As Maushart puts it, “I started considering . . . the possibility that the more we connect, the further we may drift, the more fragmented we may become.’’

After rereading “Walden,’’ about Henry David Thoreau’s famous two-year stint living in solitude alongside a Concord pond, Maushart, a journalist and social scientist with a doctorate from New York University in communication arts and science, was inspired to begin her own experiment in mindful living: For a six-month period, she would allow her family no in-home access to any screen, including computers, cellphones, and televisions. Needless to say, her teenagers were less than thrilled, but, as Maushart’s provocative, funny, and highly personal memoir shows, it changed them all profoundly.

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Sussy, Anni and I featured on the Today Show

Cringe! TV is sooo not my medium. But when Sussy and I (along with a special guest via Skype … ANNI!!!!!!) were summoned to 30 Rock – aka 30 Rockefeller Plaza, aka NBC – to be interviewed by Meredith Vierira on the Today Show to discuss “the experiment” that was our 6-month tech detox we sure . . . → Read More: Sussy, Anni and I featured on the Today Show