A professor at the school where I work was involved in a study of university students’ mobile phone use. To a person who owns a dumb phone, the results were alarming. Young people seem to be more concerned with connecting with others through a gadget than in real life. And it’s not just college kids…I know people in their 30s who are “addicted” to their phones.

I’ll admit I am somewhat tethered to the Internet…when I went without it during a recent weekend, I initially experienced withdrawal symptoms. But as time passed, I became productive around the apartment and I felt more peaceful.

Another professor at the school where I work published this book last year. It would be challenging to undertake a media fast: no movies, books…nuthin’. I might be inspired to try it for a day or two, though. Oh, the things I could get done!