I’m so going to tweet about this
Apparently, I have an excessive dependence on technology, and you might too.
Daniel Sieberg’s new book, The Digital Diet (Three Rivers Press), recently showed up at the office, and it starts off with a list of 11 questions to help you figure out if you are overwhelmed by technology.
If your answer to any of the questions—such as "Have you ever felt that something hasn’t really happened until you post it on Facebook or tweet about it?"—is yes, well, then apparently you need this book.
Of course, all but the most committed Luddite would answer in the affirmative to at least one of these questions, so maybe this is just book-marketing genius at work.
Anyways, the book is subtitled “The 4-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life”.
It encourages readers to undertake a tech detox, outlining 28 days of exercises.
These exercises range from reading a newspaper and not using Google Maps, to organizing a board-game night and taking shopping that would normally be done online offline.
How well does it work? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
There’s no way I’m throwing my electronic devices in a box and staying off Twitter for more than a day.
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