Time for a Tech Timeout? Challenge your family to take a break from technology!
There is no doubt that technology has brought a great many improvements to our lives. Sometimes though it seems our interaction with our electronic devices is greater than our interaction with each other!
Advances in technology have done wonders for global communication. Still the use of technological devices in the home is often a solitary activity and can have an isolating effect.
With the average home now owning 11.4 types of media device, a whole family each on individual devices, even within one room, is not such an unusual scene.
Furthermore, our global use of technology is soaring, and with 2.7 billion people expected to be wired in to the internet by the end of 2013, it is little wonder that digital devices are a now central feature in our family life.
Connected devices are a fascinating, educative and necessary resource to us that can help us keep in touch with loved ones living far away, access an encyclopaedia of information or complete the weekly food shop – all from the comfort of our living room. We can now explore so much of the world at our fingertips, but it is important not to forget to get out and about and discover the little corner of the world we live in too.
It is with this in mind that Foresters has launched the Tech Timeout challenge, to encourage families to pledge to take just an hour a day away from technology, for a week, and commit to spending that time with each other instead. Once disconnected from devices, families can give each other their full attention and focus on spending some tech-free time together.
Choosing how to spend your time out from technology can be fun in itself and will get your children communicating how they best like to spend time with you. Anything from the simplest family activities such as reading a story or sitting and talking round the dinner table, to gearing yourself up for a whole day of tech-free fun at the beach or on a family trip to a local museum, can be a great way to spend some quality time together.
In the past few decades we have adapted to embrace technology into the operation of our day to day lives but this is not without having an implication on how we interact as a family. As more and more electronic devices become common place in the family home, technology, for all its benefits, may be in danger of dominating our free time spent as a family and preoccupying us from one another.
Taking out just sixty small tech-free minutes a day to discover activities beyond the screen can be refreshing and help keep our attachment to technology at a healthy balance. Without the distraction of digital devices, families can rediscover the importance of spending time communicating with one another – face to face, rather than device to device.
To take part in the initiative and challenge yourself, and your family, to a digital detox please visit www.techtimeout.com.
About the Author
Author’s bio: Steve Dilworth is MD of the Member Network UK at Foresters, the international financial services (FS) organisation. He has extensive experience within the charity and FS sector, with a First Class Honours Degree in Economics and History and a Degree in FS. He is Chair of Soho Ltd, a subsidiary of Soho Housing Association, and Chairs Bromley Neighbourhood Police Panel. In 2007 he was elected as one of Manchester University’s Volunteers of the Year and in 2012 elected as a Community Champion for the London Borough of Bromley.