By Susan Maushart.
How one mother imposed techno-silence on three angry teenagers for six months - and lived to tell the tale..
For anyone who's ever taken their phone to bed or sneaked a look at their Blackberry mid-conversation and any parent who has ever texted their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of a family's six-month, self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing (Roll on the Floor Laughing) with recognition.
But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own connections, technical and otherwise.
Susan Maushart is the digitally-devoted, iphone obsessed mother of three teenage children - two girls and one boy.
She relocated from New York to Perth, Australia in the 1980s after completing a PhD in Communication Arts and Science from NYU.
She's just about to move back to New York, the city where she was born, after two decades in Australia.
"The Winter of Our Disconnect started out as a kind of purge.
It ended up as so much more.
Long story short: our digital detox messed with our heads, our hearts and our homework.
It changed the way we ate and the way we slept, the way we 'friended', fought, planned and played.
It altered the very taste and texture of our family life.
Hell, it even altered the mouth-feel.
In the end, our family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age changed our lives indelibly - and infinitely for the better.
This book is our travelogue, our apologia, our Pilgrim's Progress slash Walden Pond slash Lonely Planet Guide to Google- free Living.
At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one highly idiosyncratic family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons we learned about ourselves and our technology along the way.
At the same time, our story is a channel, if you'll excuse the expression, to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home"
Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.
How one mother imposed techno-silence on three angry teenagers for six months.