The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart
How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale

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The wise and hilarious story of a family who discovered that having fewer tools to communicate with led them to actually communicate more.

When Susan Maushart first announced her intention to pull the plug on her family's entire armory of electronic weaponry for six months-from the itsy-bitsiest iPod Shuffle to her son's seriously souped-up gaming PC-her three kids didn't blink an eye. Says Maushart: "Looking back, I can understand why. They didn't hear me."

For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table, this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you LOLing with recognition. But it will also make you think.

The Winter of Our Disconnect challenges readers to examine the toll that technology is taking on their own family connections, and to create a media ecology that instead encourages kids-and parents-to thrive. Indeed, as a self-confessed single mom who "slept with her iPhone," Maushart knew her family's exile from Cyburbia wasn't going to be any easier for her than for her three teenagers, ages fourteen, fifteen, and eighteen. Yet they all soon discovered that the rewards of becoming "unplugged" were more rich and varied than any cyber reality could ever be.


About Susan Maushart

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Susan Maushart was born in New York and has lived in Australia since 1985. Her first book, Sort of a Place Like Home, won a Festival Award for Literature at the Adelaide Festival in 1994, and her second, The Mask of Motherhood, was published to international acclaim. She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, a columnist for the Australian Magazine and lives in Perth with her three children.
Published January 20, 2011 by Tarcher. 291 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Computers & Technology, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Weekend Australian Magazine columnist Maushart (What Women Want Now, 2007, etc.) examines what happened when she and her three teenaged children went on a six-month hiatus from the digital world.

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Maushart (The Mask of Motherhood) embarked with her three teenagers on a six-month screen blackout (no cellphones, iPods, PCs, laptops, game stations, or television) to discover if the technology intended to stimulate and keep us virtually more connected was, as she suspected, making us actually ...

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Susan Maushart decided to see what would happen if she and her three teenagers, who all were totally technology-dependent, went cold turkey and had no technology in the house at all for half a year.

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Maushart knows she can’t control every action her children make when they are not at home so she wasn’t going to forbid them from using electronics at friend’s houses.

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The Bookbag

As I read I was conscious that a lot of references were very current and I wondered if the book would have shelf life - in ten years will many people be that conscious of SpongeBob SquarePants - but then it struck me that in ten years' time we'll probably look back and wonder why we were so conce...

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My, what clever stories the Grimms told – all the better to scare kids with The four-minute smi...

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SUSAN MAUSHART reached digital breaking point two years ago when she saw how the virtual age had become her family's real life.

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Portland Book Review

The Ten Commandments of Digital Living (found at the end of the book) includes “Thou shalt not fear boredom” and “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s upgrade.” Most importantly, “Thou shalt love REAL LIFE with all thy heart and soul.” Try (dis)connecting with your family for a day, week, or month.

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