When technology takes over, families can unplug and survive

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  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Great article. Almost all of us can probably benefit from evaluating how much time we spend with electronic media, and if necessary, going on a diet.

  • Jeanie b. Orem, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Bravo for this family!

    As parents we decided that our kids would be very limited in their technology usage from when they were young.

    Our kids get cellphones when they leave for collage. (using their own money to pay for them) They have simple ipods with no screens on them that they do not have in their ears when they are around family. They get an email account when they are seniors. They can get a Facebook account when they go to college. They have a Game Cube they bought with their own money. They can use our electricity and TV 40 minutes every other day to use it.

    This sounds like they don't have a social life and they likely resent their parents. On the contrary, they have a good social life, are looked up to by their peers and spend time talking to and hanging out with their parents.

    Technology has its place. But like this family found out - it can diminish areas of our lives that are very important if allowed to.