Thursday, June 30, 2011

De-Tech Time

I would like to take timeout to wish everyone a great holiday weekend, but more importantly enjoy your De-Tech Time.

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In the past, I have posted on the subject that Americans work longer hours than workers in most other developed countries, thus we have evolved into a “No Vacation Nation.” Now, the Center for American Progress is documenting, not only do we work longer hours per week than elsewhere in the developed world, but we have fewer laws to support working families (e.g., paid maternity leave). Consequently, we are experiencing work-family conflict. Throw into this conflict the amount of time families are wired (internet and mobile usage), I advocate it is De-Tech Time. Let me share with you some amazing statistics that I have read in the past six months:

• Nearly 60 percent of American families with children have two or more computers according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. More than 60 percent of these families have either a wired or wireless network. A third of Americans log on from home multiple times per day, twice the number that logged on back in 2004.

• According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Study, today’s youth pack in 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of media per day (TV, music/audio, computer, video games, etc.).

• The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project also reported that more than four out of five teens sleep with their mobile phones. Makes sense given the latest Nielsen data: the average teen text messages 3,339 times per month – females 4,050; males 2,539.

• The number of adults using a social networking site has doubled since 2008 – 59% of internet users. No surprise, Facebook dominates the SNS space; on an average day 15% of FB users update their own status, 22% comment on another’s post or status and 26%”like” another users content.

• It was reported in the latest comSource survey that the average American internet user watches 30 minutes of video online per day (a 40 percent increase over 2009) in addition to five hours of television.

I declare it is De-Tech Time. Unplug your computers, power off your mobile phones, go outdoors, fire up your grills and have a bang-up Fourth of July.


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  2. Jim-- these are some very sobering facts. One can only hope we have peaked with respect to usage-- although I doubt it. "Face time" is something that we need to have more of. Good suggestion for De-tech time.

  3. Amen Jimmy! Can you even imagine what a day would look like if everyone put away their blackberries, cell phones and iphones and went for a walk?

    Happy 4th!

  4. If there isn't a national 'unplug' day, you should officially start one and broadcast.

  5. Thank you everyone. Maybe we should form the unplug movement like the "slow food" movement.

  6. I'm all for it - let's have a Slow Tech movement that puts time limits on tech use. Phones off at dinner, no computers and phones in kids' rooms and a mandatory weekly unplugged day of rest.

    Then again, it's a warm, sunny Saturday and here I am at the computer - doh!

    Happy 4th, Jim!!

  7. In Argentina, they would say DESENCHUFATE!

    I love the concept, Jim! We all need work/life balance, thanks for the reminder.