The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch. Baker Books. 224 pages. 2017
In this important new book, Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making, draws on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, and shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.
Foreword: Amy Crouch
- I think the best part of tech-wise parenting, for me, has been its focus on “something older and better than the newest thing.” The key word is better.
- Tech-wise parenting isn’t simply intended to eliminate technology but to put better things in its place.
- Tech-wise parenting has added wonder to my life, though, and that’s enough.
Preface: The Proper Place
- This book is about how to find the proper place for technology in our family lives—and how to keep it there.
- If we don’t learn to put technology, in all its forms, in its proper place, we will miss out on many of the best parts of life in a family.
- What it all adds up to is a set of nudges, disciplines, and choices that can keep technology in its proper place—leaving room for the hard and beautiful work of becoming wise and courageous people together. Indeed, becoming wise and courageous is what family is really about—and it is what this book is really about, too.
- The Barna team set out to document the role technology actually plays in American families and the concerns that both parents and children have about it. This new research is presented in these pages, with findings that are sometimes encouraging, sometimes unsettling, and always illuminating.
- Throughout this book you’ll get a picture, from the graphs, charts, and sidebars, of the current reality of technology and family life, and a vision, from the text, of what could be a better way.
- Figuring out the proper place for technology in our particular family and stage of life requires discernment rather than a simple formula.