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Posted at 9:51 AM ET, 12/28/2010

SlashGear columnist makes anti-tech resolutions for new year

By Hayley Tsukayama

SlashGear columnist Philip Berne writes about digital culture for a living, but he's moving away from a gadget-driven life with his resolutions for 2011. In his article "Anti-Tech Resolutions for the New Year" he lists five things he's going to do to disengage a bit from the digital world and connect more with the real one.

"I think the ways in which we remove technology from our lives can be as important, if not more so, than the ways in which our lives collide with the digital frontier," Berne writes.

His five resolutions are:


  1. Call instead of text

  2. No more happy birthdays on Facebook

  3. No phone at the dinner table

  4. See the 2D version instead of the 3D version

  5. Use my gadgets to do things more than I do things on my gadgets

None are as drastic as the "secular Sabbath" chef and food writer Mark Bittman advocated a of couple years ago, but Berne's resolutions hone in on the ways technology touches almost every moment of our modern lives -- and how the convenience of tech changes personal relationships. At least three of Berne's five resolutions aim to remove some gadgetry from his personal interactions, whether it be talking to loved ones instead of writing to them or just ignoring the e-mail alert beeps during dinner.

Speak up: do you have plans for a tech diet for the new year?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 28, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  Digital culture  
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