I wonder what we would all do if we set aside certain times, days, occasions, etc., when we would all be “tech-free.” This may be the hardest of all for our children, but for many adults, this would also be a wrenching experience.
I think you will find that some of our educational institutions at all levels are beginning to recognize the value of being “tech-free,” allowing administrators, teachers and professors to impose such restrictions at selected times. At some schools in the boroughs of New York City, for example, there is a booming cottage industry in the storage of students’ cell phones outside the schools’ doors in renovated ice cream vans. There still may be plenty of technology inside the school, but imposing a ban on cell phones does appear to provide some degree of internal control.
The school building itself may be the last bastion for encouraging socialization (along with learning) across generations.