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Digitox: How To Find A Healthy Balance For Your Family’s Digital Diet Paperback – April 26, 2017
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About the Author
Mark was given his first computer (a BBC Micro) aged 10, played a few basic games, and started programming it shortly afterwards in an attempt to create better ones. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Business Studies & Technology he joined Dun & Bradstreet and has spent over two decades in the IT software industry, working all over the world and accumulating nearly two million air miles. He now spends time helping large innovative corporations get the best from their people as a leadership & culture consultant, and shares his experiences at Oxford Brookes University as an associate lecturer. He has been married to his beautiful Wife Caroline for twenty years, and together they have four children and a dog called Shelby. Everyone in the family (including the dog) is blond except him, which is slightly confusing and also quite sad, as he ruins the aesthetic of every group photograph. His best friend is a sarcastic Welshman whose proudest achievement is the creation of a gourmet recipe for 'cheese on plate'. Don't ask. Just don't.
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Switching off all my technology for the afternoon I settled down to read the whole thing in one sitting.
The first half of the book which is well-paced and informative is about the effects that technology has on society and individuals. The research from Japan on brain degradation in teenagers linked to internet use is alarming. If you saw the piece on 60 Minutes on how internet companies are deliberately building in addiction techniques into their technology as a way to 'hack' our brains it is quite troubling to say the least.
The second half of the book, filled with illustrative examples, how-to recommendations, pitfalls to avoid and technical suggestions is the story of the author and his family and how they successfully dieted their family's internet consumption. The book shared funny, yet insightful stories of how the family coped, or in some cases did not cope, with 'tech-free Sundays' and meal-time / evening tech-offs.
Once I'd read the book, I shared some of the ideas with my kids and wife and put together a plan for our home. We start this weekend with a detox Saturday and Sunday (disabling the router, which the book gave me technical specs on how to do without blowing anything up). I hope that things will start to change for the better one day at a time, which is all any diet can really do.