Is It Time For You to Go On a Digital Diet?

Is It Time For You to Go On a Digital Diet?

by: ThreeRiversPress

Do you have anxiety about the blinking red light on your BlackBerry? The impulse to Google the answer to every question? The urge to text while driving? Technology has overwhelmed our daily lives to the point of distraction. Take this quiz to find out if you'd benefit from a little digital detox, and grab a copy of DIGITAL DIET by leading tech reporter Daniel Sieberg (in stores May 3 from Three Rivers Press) for a foolproof 28-day plan to regain control over the technology in your life.

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    Have you ever felt that something hasn't really happened until you post it on Facebook or tweet about it?

  2. 2

    Does a ringing or vibrating cell phone interrupt and trump everything else?

  3. 3

    Do you sometimes wonder if you could actually focus better in real life before all these gadgets invaded your space?

  4. 4

    Does a flashing red light on your BlackBerry, or the buzz of your iPhone, or the chime of a fresh instant message make your heart flutter?

  5. 5

    Have you ever realized that you were texting while your child or best friend was telling you about something important, and later couldn't remember any of the details of their story?

  6. 6

    Do you sometimes feel the urge to pull out your smart phone when someone else is making a point in conversation?

  7. 7

    Do you feel anxious if you're offline for any length of time?

  8. 8

    Has looking left and right given way to looking up and down as you type on a smartphone and try to navigate a crosswalk?

  9. 9

    Do you know you shouldn't be texting and driving - but still do it?

  10. 10

    Do you find that your family or group of friends can be in the same room but not talking to one another because you're each interacting with a different device?

  11. 11

    Do you often see the back of your child's (or spouse's) head sihlouetted against the glow of a video game screen?

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