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“Technology has hijacked dinnertime.” That is the opening line of a new YouTube video called “The Look Up Experiment.” The video seeks to test just how much a child’s environment would have to change to get him or her to look up from the screen. The results are surprising.
The product advertised with this experiment doesn’t actually exist yet, but it is in the early stages of prototyping and it serves as an important reminder to find a way to turn off the devices and connect with those in front of you.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities” (Of Things that Matter Most, October 2010).
Don’t let technology hijack your dinnertime.