Tech Timeout: I’m Taking the Pledge!

Tech TimeoutIf you know me well, you’ll know that the pledge I am about to take is going to be a stretch for me! It’s going to be something that will challenge me to my very core, but something so worthwhile!


Tech Timeout by ForestersTech Timeout Challenge by life insurance provider, Foresters is an initiative with the goal of promoting families to put their electronic devices down and spend more quality time together. It is said that the average American household has 24 electronic devices within their home. This means that often each family member is plugged in at once.

Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all their electronic devices for one hour a day to help spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives.

This video really sums it up! 


The Tech Timeout Pledge challenges you and your family to turn off all the technology in your home (yes, even your cell phone), for at least ONE HOUR a day this summer and get to know your family better.

You can download the Tech Timeout™ challenge Pledge form and ask every member of your family to sign it. Then put it up in a place where everyone can see it, so that it becomes a constant reminder of your commitment to family time.


Tech Timeout Pledge

I will be the first to admit that I am way too addicted to my electronics; particularly my iPhone. If you ask my husband, he will tell you that it’s glued to my hand.

But more than that, we all seem to be reliant on some form of electronics.  Whether it’s our TV, smart phones or iPods, there is usually something plugged in at our house. That is why I was eager to participate in this challenge; I know it will be so good for us.

I plan to approach this pledge by scheduling one hour a day from now until September at the same time each weekday and an hour at the same time each weekend. For example, Monday to Friday we will “unplug” from 6 pm to 7 pm and from 9 am to 10 am on weekends.  This way it will become a habit and we’ll be scheduled to unplug which will increase our chances of success!


Look at this hour as an extra hour in the day, because really, that’s what it is. When you’re plugged in time flies at an astronomical rate, but when you take the time to savour the finer things in life, like love, laughter and togetherness, you’re able to slow time down and take it all in.

So what to do with this extra hour? There are so many fun options like playing board games, going for ice cream, going to the park etc. And for more inspiration, check out Tech Timeout’s list of 50 things to do as a family without technology.


In my family, I believe it is going to be me who has the hardest time with this project. Habits are hard to break, and picking up my phone for a quick check on things is definitely ingrained in me. I plan to keep my phone out of reach during this hour so that I am not inclined to grab for it.

Another piece of technology that I predict we will all struggle with is the television. After a long day at work, dinner prep and clean up, it’s all too easy to plop down in front of the TV to unwind. Though I know that we will all enjoy this hour together, at first I think it’s going to seem like work compared the passive-state that watching TV can create.


Now that you’ve learned about the Tech Timeout™ Challenge, is this something that you think you can start with your family this summer? Or is this something that you are already doing? What kinds of challenges to do you face or foresee facing?

For more information about the Tech Timeout Challenge by life insurance provider, Foresters visit:

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