The Winter of Our Disconnect For any parent who s ever IM ed their child to the dinner table or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage this account of one family s self imposed exile from the Informati

  • Title: The Winter of Our Disconnect
  • Author: Susan Maushart
  • ISBN: 9781741669640
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • For any parent who s ever IM ed their child to the dinner table or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage this account of one family s self imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kidsFor any parent who s ever IM ed their child to the dinner table or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage this account of one family s self imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids and parents to thrive.When journalist and commentator Susan Maushart first decided to pull the plug on all electronic media at home, she realised her children would have sooner volunteered to go without food, water or hair products At ages 14, 15 and 18, her daughters and son didn t use media They inhabited media Just exactly as fish inhabit a pond Gracefully Unblinkingly And utterly without consciousness or curiosity as to how they got there Susan s experiment with her family was a major success and she found that having less to communicate with, her family is communicating .At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home.

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    1. This is an important book. And to follow on from this grand opening statement, I'm going to make another.This book changed the way I live.If you follow my blog, or know me, or have seen my office, you'll know that I'm something of a techno-junkie. Not hardcore, you understand, I can quit it at any time, and I just like the way it makes me feel, but nevertheless, I'm typing this review up on my iBook, which is hooked up to two screens for easier data management. Beside me on the desk is my iPad ( [...]

    2. The Winter of Our Disconnect is the author's take on Thoreau's Walden, or Life in the Woods-in her case, her pulling the plug for herself and her three teens on the digital world for six months.The book is uneven in quality-I found the interspersing of journal entries with straightforward narrative an interesting idea that nevertheless felt awkward and not fully integrated into the text-but the information about the digital world and its effect on our children was fascinating. I also enjoyed the [...]

    3. I'm not sure how I came across this book--some random search probably, which is funny considering the content. At any rate, I was intrigued by the premise: a single mother with 3 teenagers--all tethered to their technology 24/7 (including the mom)--unplugs the family for 6 months. They go completely screen-free at their house (and even electricity-free for the first month). The results are really only surprising if you're the kind of person who's never lived without the latest gadget or limited [...]

    4. A mom and her 3 teenagers (ages 14, 15, and 18) were going to "unplug" for 6 months to see how their lives would change. To begin with, the level that they were "plugged In" was utterly disgusting. Everyone including mom, were either on a laptop, a gaming system, or their phone pretty much 24 hours a day. There were literally NO rules. The 14 year old was allowed to sleep with her laptop on her lap. Apparently, she didn't really sleep that well (duh), so she wanted to be able to play games and c [...]

    5. I searched high and low at the chain bookstores before finally breaking down and ordering The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart from . I just want to let you know that I sit here writing this I have my email, facebook, and two blogs open in Firefox on my computer.Maushart is a single parent of three who after questioning the effect of decides to enforce a six-month ban of technology in the house, and write about the development. She actually has significant doubt up until the very minut [...]

    6. wasn't what i thought it would be (a diary or tale of their experience). it had some of that but it was all over the place and tons of (ironically) googled studies that all contradicted each other leaving no formed opinions on anything. even the bliss of unplugging was replaced by the bliss of redoing the family room to welcome back the gadgets after 5 months of bribery (she paid her kids to abstain). the overuse of LOL was annoying and "blobbiness"? i read the whole thing in an Australian accen [...]

    7. The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale Susan Maushart, Penguin, $16.95 trade paper (329p) ISBN 978-1-58542-855-7 Maushart (The Mask of Motherhood) embarked with her three teenagers on a six-month screen blackout (no cellphones, iPods, PCs, laptops, game stations, or television) to discover if the technology intended to stimulate and keep us virtually more connected was [...]

    8. Експеримент американської журналістки, яка вирішила на півроку перетворити свій дім на screen-free зону - без смартфонів, планшетів, телевізорів і т.д. Найголовніше, що цим також мали перестати користуватися троє дітей-підлітків авторки, яких вона підкупила, пообіцявши поділит [...]

    9. I'm not a fan of non-fiction but I thought this was an interesting premise for a book. A single mother of 3 teenagers decides to pull the plug on technology for a couple of months. By doing so, she learns that there is more to life than toying with your I-Phone or connecting with your friends on Facebook. Susan Maushart includes many sociological studies to underline her point that something is wrong. While we have more access to technological communication, our innate social skills have somewha [...]

    10. I got this book for a dollar or two off after seeing a blurb about it somewhere online (yes, a little ironic). I'd already been thinking about this issue for a while, feeling uneasy about the increasingly obvious effects of my lack of restraint when it came to media usage. It was definitely ironic that the day after I ordered the book, we ran over our monthly internet allotment, and I ended up reading it during the ensuing weeklong web-access hiatus. Hah.In this book, Susan Maushart discusses i [...]

    11. I’ve always been a little addicted to technology. My family used to have to drag me away from the family computer kicking and screaming and I was always tapped to do light troubleshooting for my friends or family members. Remember Geocities, IRC and all that? I do. (Sometimes I wish I didn’t.)The other day I tweeted about all the technological gadgets I was surrounded by, and honestly? I’m surrounded by most of them all day for hours at a time. I have a chronic addiction to my iPhone and h [...]

    12. An expertly mixed blend of the self-experimentation-as-journalism trend and a survey of current research on the effect of screen time on your average human being.The writing is witty and smart, and alternates frequently between a journal of the disconnected experience and more objective overviews of studies that look at the issues just raised by the journal. It's like a television show that changes cameras every ten seconds: just when you're getting a little tired of one format, BAM! There's ano [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book. As stated in the title, the author, a single mother of 3 teenagers) decides that their family needs to unplug so she declares their house a "screen-free" zone, meaning no TV, computers, or iPods. The book chronicles their experience as well as highlights some of the different research about how our constantly connected lifes are having on society. As an example, are our brains evolving so that today's children are actually able to truly multi-task. Or better yet, in t [...]

    14. I picked this one up because I enjoy the "Do something for one year" and write about it genre. Cook like Julia, create a Happiness project, don't buy anything new.you know. So the premise here is a single mom and her three teens go screen-less for 6 months. No computers, cell phones, TV, or iPods. Maushart's account is a well-researched, fascinating look at the effects of media on our lives. The brain research on how these tools impacts our kids is particularly interesting to me. We cannot multi [...]

    15. I only got to about the half way point. The author is so off-putting in her style that I couldn't continue. It's far more a type of self-involved blog than a book. Theoretically I do think it has its perks as a concept (off the grid) and that's why I put it on my TBR list. But no, I can't do the entire tale about so little for so long. Too bribing, too unscientific, and results way too inexact for me in any connective value. Both her sense of humor and parental value system were at times, IMHO, [...]

    16. Found on the shelf of an airbnb. I feel like I've been reading a lot of journalistic confessional memoir about people denying themselves things recently. this one was especially unimaginative.

    17. Five stars for the experiment and for her courage to try it, but only three for the book because of how it was written so I guess that makes it an overall 4 star rating for me

    18. The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of a single mother who decides that she and her three teenagers will spend a six-month season (fall through spring in Australia) completely unplugged. She cancels their tv service, cell phone service, internet service, and removes everything with a screen from the house (including ipods, phones, gaming devices, televisions, and computers). They can use computers as needed at school and at the public library, but nothing with a screen is allowed in the [...]

    19. a courageous mother convinces her 3 teenagers that the family must go cold turkey on their digital devices for 6 months- what a difference those months make in their lives. Chocked full of research and humor.

    20. I really wanted to like this. I LOVE the subject. And maybe I would have, had I kept reading. But I found her apparent disdain for her children ridiculous and her attitude and writing style annoying, so I read the first third and skimmed the rest.

    21. First, an observation; if you want a particularly surreal reading experience, read a book about forgoing screens on an ereader or tablet device, as I did. As the author describes giving up the iPhone, iPad, other i-prefixed devices, you can reflect on how for you do to likewise would mean not being able to continue reading. It's a weird feeling.Anyway, author Susan Maushart decides her family is too wired, too jacked in, too tuned in, etc. and decides to Thoreau (hah!) all away for six months of [...]

    22. Pop-psychology that I'm not doing cart-wheeling over and seem to be in the minority here. How one mother imposed techno-silence on three angry teenagers for six months - and lived to tell the taleblurb from BBC - For anyone who's ever taken their phone to bed or sneaked a look at their Blackberry mid-conversation and any parent who has ever texted their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of a family's six-month, self-i [...]

    23. Upplägget var lovande - en teknikglad mor med tre internetknarkande tonåringar bestämmer för att familjen ska leva utan medie- och kommunikationsprylar (förutom "gammaldags" radio, stereo och sladdtelefon) i ett halvår. Och för att få till en hard-core början stänger hon ned elen de första veckorna, mitt i den australiensiska högsommaren. Och skriver om experimentet. Hon skriver inte dåligt, det är rätt humoristiskt och jag tycker om att Maushart har tagit ett bredare grepp om äm [...]

    24. Could you give up your gadgets for half a year? Maushart and her three wired teenagers did, in what she called The Experiment. Recognising the great extent of their collective dependence on technology, and the impact it had on the family's interpersonal relations, this single Mother decided to see just what would happen when games, smart phones, iPods, PCs and other gadgets were banned at home. The book is very well written (she is a journalist for the ABC), cites many studies, quotes facts and [...]

    25. This book sat on my "shelf" for weeks because I really didn't think I would enjoy it. I had decided it was another quirky book by an Australian, and it kind of is--but it's so much more. I finally just opened it in the middle to take a sample and I was indeed pulled into the story and the rest is history as they say. Susan Maushart is a New Yorker who happens to be living in Perth because (see pages 41-43). She is a columnist who has a wonderful way of taking all manner of the latest research ou [...]

    26. An article about this book inspired our family of four to give up television for Lent this year and after waiting for a month for it to come off of the hold list at my library, I basically devoured this book. Although at four and six, my children are much younger than Maushart's, I really felt like this book was a cautionary tale about what happens when you allow technology to take over your children's lives; and your own. The examples of sleep deprivation and personality changes were eye-openin [...]

    27. Absolutely Fascinating! This family was about as fully immersed in technology as you can be. It was downright scary to read all the changes that occured in their lives from their little media experiment. Most of the book is devoted to research on topics like boredome, iphone,blackberry, and & ipod addiction, the impact of technology on schoolwork, eating and sleeping habits of teenagers ect. The authors quirky style, her journal at the time, and the hilarious comments by her hip teenagers ma [...]

    28. The premise is epic and the results are riveting. Dr. Susan Maushart, a Perth based journalist for Australia's ABC, willingly leads herself and her three children into the life of a 21st century social-media-luddite, and it was the best decision she could have made. Far flung from the technophobic stigma that could be pinned to her for this experiment, her six months of technological reprieve rejuvenated her drive for life and her children's creative being. This book teaches us that social media [...]

    29. THANK YOU Maushart family for sacrificing 6 months of precious screen time. We are now able to use your tribulations and triumphs as an eye opening education.I would categorize this book as "Mandatory Reading for All". LOVED it. I am already averse to having technology so readily available at ALL times. This book was a reinforcer to my own beliefs and will (hopefully) be an eye opener for many "tech-ies". Have you ever realized how much we are "pushed" into more and more screen time? This only g [...]

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