Do you ever find yourself working on a task, or eating dinner with friends, when a buzz in your pocket lures you to stop mid-sentence and check your phone?
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to let our tech gadgets steal our focus. Our brains are wired to pay attention to new information. When we see a blinking light or a buzz that indicates a new message or email, we immediately shift our attention to it – sometimes ignoring whatever it was we were doing or whomever we are with.
Technology has advanced in amazing ways. But those advancements have changed our brains and our communication patterns — not always in ways that benefit our human relationships.
Life insurance provider ForestersTM recently launched the Tech TimeoutTM challenge to encourage families to take a daily one-hour scheduled break from their electronic devices and reconnect with each other in a more personal way.
Take the pledge and sign your name on the digital pledge wall or like the Tech Timeout Facebook page and share your story with thousands of other people who are already part of the Tech Timeout community. You can also upload a tip, tell us your story in a video, or take your photo with the pledge card and share it with everyone here.
Since the project is all about improving family well-being, listen to Sherry Turkle, psychologist, Professor at MIT, and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, discuss how technology impacts families on the next page.