The Wired Family: Fixing the Disconnect

"We decided we will unplug on the weekends. We called it the 'Internet sabbath.' We've been doing it for three years now. It completely revolutionized our lives," he said.

The Campbells have also taken some steps to "unplug" themselves.

"At dinnertime we have no technology at the table," Brenda said.

"It's that time of the day when we talk together, and that's the time we spend more time together then any other time of the day," Lily said.

Tips for Helping Find a Healthy Balance

In his book, Powers offers some tips to help you find and dismantle any technological overload in your life. Here are a few of his suggestions:

Set up rituals in which you focus on one person or one idea at certain times of the day -- where you go off without a cell phone and say, "I'm going to have a conversation right now with this person in front of me."

Don't discount the value of older technologies -- ebooks are fun, but there is something special about reading a real physical book, so don't discount older technologies.

Set up a space in your house that is a technology-free zone -- a digital refuge, so if you are feeling overloaded, you can go there to take a break.

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