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Answer This: Would You Get Rid of Your Internet Connection?

Adele Peters

When this family realized how much time they were spending online—including their two young kids—they decided to experiment with a year of living with no technology made later than 1986 (they've also adopted era-appropriate mullets). No smartphones, no cable TV, and no internet. Most of us want to disconnect a little more, but would you consider completely getting rid of your internet connection at home?

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  • Carolyn Sams

    I have to say...coming back online after a week on vacation has been tough. I've wanted to get a landline, forget about email and Instagram altogether, and leave my laptop under the couch where I left it before my trip. But since my job includes modern technology, it's just not an option.

    Sounds like these parents have computers at work. Do they get their internet fix during the day? I'd imagine that this isn't quite as drastic then...right?

    Check out this New Yorker article about the psychological impact of stuff like Facebook: I wonder what the long-term psychological repercussions will be for these kids and their parents? And will 1 year even affect them in how they use technology in the future?

    • Stef McDonald

      The vacation thing resonates—I've always found myself refreshed after finding that I cannot get online easily. Recently, I realized how hyper-connected and addicted I am to technology when I wanted to go out for a run and debated taking my phone. Thirty minutes away from home to exercise and I felt disconnected—that's seriously messed up. Now I'm experimenting with staying off email for most of the weekend and turning my phone to airplane mode. . .

  • molliemichielepp

    no way. I work from home full time and i dont have tv/cable/satellite, so the internet is my connection to the outside world when i'm inside.

  • Simon Skiles

    Never. I do not miss the pre-Internet days.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    A part of being an engaged person in society is being connected. And I think that being online is key- but I totally get where they're coming from. Perhaps just disconnecting once a day for a long period is a good idea!

    • Todd Tyrtle

      I agree - breaks are a good thing. I also am finding that for me, shifting back a just few years - to 2006 instead of 1986. Turn off the cell phone data, check the email a little less. A little less Facebook, a little more blog/podcast/RSS consumption makes a load of difference.