How To De-Tech Your Family For The Holidays

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It’s that time of the year where the family comes together around the table to savour each other’s company and the sumptuous meal in front of them. Then… a notification sound comes in – there goes someone checking on Facebook or a messaging app again. Sigh, so much for some quality family time.

If this bugs you more than you’d like to admit, and your pleas for an undisturbed Christmas dinner has fallen on deaf ears, you might have already resigned yourself to an evening of everyone staring at their screens at the dinner table. But why submit when you can take control?

Here’s a guide detailing the 5 ways you can get your gathering of peeps to unplug for Christmas, use it well to earn back your Christmas family time of yore and good cheer and don’t feel sorry for using this – they chose to be reminded of a tech-free holiday the hard way.

1. Silent Mode: On

Let’s start small, and give everyone the benefit of the doubt, that they are capable of controlling their own urges to check their phones every 5 minutes. As the people start to file into your humble abode, request for them to silence their phones and devices. It would be ideal for them to turn off all notifications but we don’t want them to be unreachable in case of a real emergency, right?

You might need to schedule in pockets of time where they can check on their phones for urgent emails (pffft) or messages because this isn’t an actual detoxing exercise and you really don’t want a sudden meltdown to occur in the middle of your dinner party.

2. Change The Wi-Fi Password

If, however, you are dealing with family members, there is a 99.999% chance that your pleas to put their devices on silent will be completely ignored. Furthermore, if you have chronic gamers who want to keep crushing candy and feeding virtual farm animals, putting their phones on silent don’t help.

It’s simple really; if you can’t win them, you cut the connection – your Wi-Fi connection to be exact. It’s as simple as changing the password, or completely turning off the router (desperate measures and all that). Then, it is off to feigning temporary (or selective) deafness to the popular question “What is your Wi-Fi password?” for the rest of the Christmas holiday.

This will force some of them to go back to their data plan, and for those who obsessively count MBs and monitor their data plans, they know this is a battle they are going to lose.

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