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Time for a Technology Detox?

A technology cleanse means you unplug for a short time with longer-term benefits for your relationships. But be warned: As with any other diet, it isn’t easy.

When you’re out to dinner, does your BlackBerry occupy a seat at the table? Does your spouse ever check email before saying “good morning” to the kids? Does your son sleep with his laptop? It may be time for a technology cleanse. For all our constant connectivity, our electronic devices often keep us apart. Texting causes misunderstandings. Facebook makes us jealous. Television makes us too lazy or tired or distracted for sex. (Don’t believe me? A few years ago, an Italian study showed that couples who have a TV in the bedroom have sex half as often as those who do not.)


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