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SXSW Interactive 2014

Beyond Unplugging: How to Stay Sane Online

If abstinence education can’t stop teens from getting pregnant, why are we preaching digital abstinence as the cure for information overload and online distraction? In this session we’ll dig into our digital and personal toolboxes to share the practices, habits, apps and gadgets that can foster a healthy relationship to technology.

Countless articles explain how to “unplug” and take internet sabbaticals – a kind of binge/purge approach to online living. This session’s speakers will kick off the conversation with their own thoughts and suggestions for how to find a middle way, and then open the floor for your ideas and tips: How do you maintain your health, sanity, and relationships while using tech tools?

If you worry that you shouldn’t be checking your iPhone in bed, but you’re not prepared to do something as radical as actually turning it off, this session is your chance to find and share strategies and ideas for staying sane and online.

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  1. How can you tell whether you’ve got a healthy relationship to technology, or if you’re just an addict in denial?
  2. If I’m not prepared to give up the Internet for Lent, are there other experiments or tech practices that can help me keep my tech use in balance?
  3. What are the best tools, apps, practices and habits for turning tech into an ally in living a healthier, saner life?
  4. What kinds of tools and features should developers and tech companies build in order to support a healthy relationship to technology among their users?
  5. What does a healthy, realistic, and evolving relationship to personal tech look like?



Lauren Bacon, Technology entrepreneur, author, business & leadership coach, Curiosity Labs

Meta Information:

  • Tags: relationships, productivity
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social and Relationships
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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