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Toronto Family Bans All Technology in Their Home Made After 1986

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | 1 year,8 days

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Mary Am Shah reports in the Toronto Sun that 26-year-old Blair McMillan has banned any technology in his house post-1986, the year he and his girlfriend Morgan were born. They're doing it because their kids – Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 – wouldn’t look up from their parents’ iPhones and iPads long enough to kick a ball around the backyard. “That’s kind of when it hit me because I’m like, wow, when I was a kid, I lived outside,” says Blair adding that now "we’re parenting our kids the same way we were parented for a year just to see what it’s like." The McMillans do their banking in person instead of online. They develop rolls of film for $20 each instead of Instagramming their sons’ antics. They recently traveled across the United States using paper maps and entertaining their screaming kids with coloring books and stickers, passing car after car with TVs embedded in the headrests and content infants seated in the back. Their plan is to continue living like it’s 1986 until April 2014. Morgan, who admits she thought her boyfriend was “crazy,” now devours books to pass the time and only uses a computer at work. “I remember the day before we started this, I was a wreck and I was like ‘I can’t believe I have to delete my Facebook!" Blair originally experienced a form of phantom pain for the first few days after giving up his cellphone. “The strangest thing without having a cellphone is that I could almost feel my pocket vibrating and I wanted to check my pocket." Still Morgan says the change has been good for their family’s spirit. "“We’re just closer, there’s more talking,""

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