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Unplugging From Technology

Are You Really Here, Or Are You Skimming?

The Washington Post | Jennifer Meer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

It’s been exactly one year since I wrote Distracted Living. In that piece, I described a night when I left my daughter alone in the tub while I went...

At This University, Students Can Get Credit For ‘Wasting Time On The Internet'

The Washington Post | Abby Ohlheiser | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

Lucky creative writing students in a University of Pennsylvania seminar will be able to earn academic credit for wasting time on the Internet next spr...

What Happened When I Turned Off Twitter And (Re)Turned To God

Dana Oliver | Posted 11.19.2014 | Style
Dana Oliver

The high of being one of the first to spot a breaking news tweet got so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night searching for my iPhone while laying between my Egyptian cotton sheets.

Why You Should Really Stop Using Your Smartphone At Dinner

The Washington Post | Caitlin Dewey | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

In the summer of 2011, when Twitter was just entering the mainstream and the iPhone 4 was all the rage, a particularly tech-obsessed friend invited me...

WATCH: What I Learned From Unplugging For 3 Months

Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Unplugging from technology is tough whether you're doing it for one day, a weekend or even an entire week. But what about completely swearing off your...

The Challenges and Joys of Unplugging Your Smartphone

New Harbinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

Choosing to temporarily turn off our devices disconnects us from our habits of overstimulation, which for some has become a powerful addiction that consumes waking hours and distracts us from being involved in whatever is happening in the present moment.

How Technology Can Boost Your Energy and Productivity

Laurie Erdman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Technology
Laurie Erdman

Technology gets a bad rap. It gets blamed for burnout, disconnectedness and the fall of work-life balance.

Summer Camp: Unplugged or Unfair?

Beth Rosen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Beth Rosen

Summer is a great excuse for all kids to unplug and go outside and play, jump in a lake or a pool or just sit around and get bored. Boredom is the best fuel for creativity.

Smart Strategies To Keep Technology From Stressing You Out

meQuilibrium | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Your device isn't evil in and of itself. But it can run roughshod over you if you let it. Here are some strategies to keep your phone, tablet, laptop, and everything else from wrecking your mood and your day.

LOOK: Your Brain On Tech Overload

meQuilibrium | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Your device isn't evil unto itself, of course. But the more you can become aware of your own habits and the effect your screen time is having on you, the more in control of your attention you can be.

Can Our Connections Last If We Multitask and Move Too Fast?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Can we find a middle ground here? Maybe not so far back as kicking tumbleweed down Main Street, but at least spending some quality time with the people in our lives and putting down our devices sometimes so we can be present with others and ourselves?

Can Tweeting Affect Our Biology?

Aditi Nerurkar, MD | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Aditi Nerurkar, MD

As we Tweet, post, like, share, and pin, are our brains registering our digital frenzy and shapeshifting accordingly? Preliminary research suggests yes.

To Be Where I Am

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

Is it convenient to check email anywhere, any time? Yes. Is it helpful to be able to confirm arrangements, check locations, or find someone I am meeting? Of course. But I eschew these kinds of ease for the sake of something that means more to me.

Why This Family Decided To Unplug

Mike Lescarbeau | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lescarbeau

As someone who both consumes and creates content for modern gadgetry, I've wondered: How might our family dynamics be different if we were forced, on a regular basis, into something as terrifying as a traditional conversation?

Tech's Best Feature: The Off Switch

Tiffany Shlain | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Tiffany Shlain

Wrestling with the good, the bad, and the potential of technology is my constant state of existence. The technology we've created gives us a plethora of new possibilities. But the technology we've created also takes something away from us: being present, focused, and in the moment.

Prescription: Media Fast -- Stat!

Lissa Coffey | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

As someone who has been called a "media maven," and who participates in and contributes to practically every form of print and broadcast media out there, this is probably the last thing you expect to hear from me: Turn it all off. Unplug. Seriously.

The Need for Connection in the Age of Anxiety

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

In this age of anxiety, there seems to be, after all, a deep yearning for genuine human connection and real-life interaction devoid of electronic distraction. The question is, will future generations have the capacity to attain it and sustain it?

The Art of Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Life

Barbara Biziou | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Someone told me that the average person, when asked how he/she is, answers with the singular word "busy." The sad thing is that no one questions this, everyone assumes it is just the way things are. We have lost touch with the sacred ritual of taking time for ourselves for renewal.

Tonight's Challenge: Can You 'Unplug' For A Day?

The Huffington Post | Sarah H. Lee | Posted 03.26.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: This week's Family Table Talk is also a challenge. Can you -- every...

'I Feel Like A Better Mother On Saturdays': How A Weekly Digital Detox Changed My Life

Tiffany Shlain | Posted 11.29.2012 | Parents
Tiffany Shlain

I have been unplugging weekly for the past year for what my family calls our "technology shabbats," and it has truly changed my life. I feel like a better mother, wife, person on Saturdays.

Studying Technology's Influence On The Brain, Scientists Discover Solitude On The River Never Hurts

New York Times | Matt Richtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah -- Todd Braver emerges from a tent nestled against the canyon wall. He has a slight tan, except for a slim ...

Join the National Day of Unplugging

Tanya Schevitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Tanya Schevitz

If you walk around with ear-buds shielding you all day; if you panic when you can't get cell phone reception; if you tweet or post status updates constantly, you need to join the National Day of Unplugging.