Tech TimeOut Weekend Experience

techtimeoutlogo#sponsored These days technology is anywhere and everywhere. I feel like I can’t get a break from it, no matter what I do or where I go. A Tech TimeOut encourages families to take a daily break from technology. What is a Tech Time Out do you ask? Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each others lives.

Over the weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I was challenged to take a technology break for one hour a day, every day. I REALLY made it a point to complete this challenge, and I have to say it was a LOT harder than I thought. No technology meant no phone, no computer, no ipod, no ipad, no tv, no radio, no nook/kindle…NOTHING. I made it a point to do it for a few hours each day, not just one hour.

It was really great participating in this challenge. On Friday hubby and I put our cell phones in my purse and zipped it up, we went for a walk, went for a ride in his jeep with the top down, and went and got some ice cream with our kids. Saturday, we played outside in the sprinklers, water table, went and got lunch, and came home and did some yard work. Sunday, we played some board games, did some story telling, puzzle playing, drawing, and went for a long walk. It was quite nice and we are actually going to continue having Tech Time Out days for family time! It really taught us both how much we rely on technology, which is way too much.

Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what kinds of activities can I do during a Tech TimeOut?
techtimeoutlistAt the end of this month, we planned a vacation for a cruise to Mexico. One of the reasons we chose a cruise over anything else was the fact that we can get a break from all technology. No cell phones, computers, or any of that. I’m really looking forward to the family time and making great memories during this vacation without the use of any technology.

Would you be able to do the same? Can you take on the challenge? Leave me a comment below telling me why or why not?

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Comments

  1. Michelle Elizondo says:

    yes we can be dedicated!

  2. I would love to do a tech time out. My SO and I are always on the computer or doing something on the phone. It would be great to just have “us” time.

  3. I would love to do this. In fact I think I NEED to do it!

  4. Terra Agueda says:

    Yes, we enjoy playing cribbage, and going on walks in the evening.

  5. Sherry Compton says:

    I am hoping to do this with my grand kids when I go down to visit them.

  6. Not the entire weekend but for maybe a day. We have family that live overseas and the only way to talk to them is skype and the weekend is the best time for that.

  7. Sherry Compton says:

    I know my family wouldn’t commit to it here at home. We watch Sunday football, but it is together time.

  8. My family can do that. We try to turn off all technology when daddy gets home from work, I can’t see it being a problem to have a weekend without technology.

  9. Cynthia Brooks says:

    Yes, I think this would be good for us. I loved board games when I was younger but don’t do them with my kids as much.

  10. Kelly Tanner says:

    Yes, it would do us a lot of good to have a tech timeout. It seems that everyone is always playing with a device nowadays.

  11. Jennifer Pittman says:

    Yes, but we would need to make sure to have a plan – otherwise the kids start talking about tv, which we try not to let them watch a whole lot anyway.

  12. I think that would be awesome! Of course I do know sometimes Jobs can get in the way. I edit pictures a lot on the computers so I am constantly on and I think that would be a week I would have to announce to customers that I am not editing then.

  13. Becky Worthman says:

    I could commit to a tech time out. We were mostly tech free this weekend, but I did use my phone for GPS to find a friend’s birthday party. <3

  14. I would definitely love to try. The reason the tv usually comes on at our house is because I get exhausted having a special needs baby and a daughter with ADHD. But a weekend without technology might be achievable if we have a plan and everyone stays in good spirits.

  15. cassie prouty says:

    We do family Wednesday each week a new gane

  16. Cintia Scanlan says:

    We are in a total tech time out all the time now. When the kids are awake there is not computers, ipads or iphones. We love it! We walk a lot and spend a lot of time together as a family.

  17. Unfortunately, my husband gets many work emails during the weekend so turning off completely is just now possible.

  18. I would love to start doing this with my family. I think it is easier to do when you are away from home but will definitely try while not traveling. It almost seems like everyone is gravitating towards the lifestyle of the people in the movie WALL-E!

  19. Sweta Sonulkar says:

    Tech free weekend may be Go swimming,go to park,go biking,go to beach,make dinner for family,play lego, or clean the house.

  20. My husband has been talking about us doing this so I think it’d be an easy sell!

  21. I’m single so no family here and I use the computer for everything lol 🙂 So, no tech timeout this weekend

  22. Gail Williams says:

    Tech timeout at various times here, but no children or grandchildren living here. I do not even own a cell phone. lol

  23. Ms Gretchen Ann Luper says:

    we play family games anyway so it wouldn’t be hard to commit to a tech time out weekend

  24. LORRAINE STEWART says:

    I will definitely try a “Tech Time Out Weekend” I think it would be fun to spend time with my family without technology,,,, every family needs to talk more with each other

  25. Shakeia Rieux says:

    Yes i can commit.The weekend is the only time my family and i can do something together so this would be great.

  26. Yes i can am i need to it’s kinda sad when i am on my laptop and i look there is my hubby on his phone on line and both of my boys sitting nexts to us playing there ds or the WII

  27. I could, but I wouldn’t unless we were going somewhere together away from home, because at home, tech is what we do together. My son plays XBox games with his 8 year old and sometimes even the 5 year old sons, his wife and I run an online business together, and the boys and I do much of our homeschool on the PC, Kindle FireHD, or Chromebook.

  28. But living here in the Ozarks, the winter weather, especially ice storms, gives us tech-less weekends, weekdays, and sometimes even weeks. We camp out at home.

  29. Shannon Miranda says:

    I could do it. My kids on the other hand would have a harder time at it. My boys, 11 & 14 are not allowed to play video games during the week, the only time they can play them is on the weekend.

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