Tips for digital detox for the family

How much has technology changed your life? Does it affect family time and interaction?

As a mother of a grade-schooler, I find it a constant battle to get my daughter to put down her tech devices. We’re still finding the balance.

Newly released book “Stop Staring at Screens: A Digital Detox for the Whole Family” is author Tanya Goodin’s contribution to the conversation. She puts forth helpful tips on when it’s appropriate to use tech, and what happens when you become glued to the screen. 

For instance, she suggests having no-phone zones in the house, or a central charging station at night that is not located in the bedroom. Following that, she also pitches the idea of no-tech times in the day.

Goodin warns folks of a few physical maladies that can crop up with too much screen time: digital eye strain, and neck and shoulder pain.

Lastly, what do you do to replace all that time you once dedicated to looking at your screen? Helpful acts like cooking a meal, cleaning, or even asking your loved one about their day are her prompts. And while it seems obvious, maybe it isn’t to a digital native who has only known a social life largely online. 

Here’s to disconnecting (even a little bit) from our phones – and reconnecting with the rest of our lives!

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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