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Tuesday 14th March 2017

Today when we got home from work, Matt and I had a bit of a technology blackout. We poured a cider and a beer and we didn’t turn the TV on. We put music on and chatted about our day. Matt turned his phone off altogether and read his book, I put mine in the bedroom. Then, I headed into the kitchen to make a thai red curry with gurnard, sans pants, as per. I haven’t meant for this no pants curry cooking to become a thing, but it has. Which is strange, because no pants and boiling hot coconut milk doesn’t seem like a strong plan.

I really like the idea of a blackout. Two hours or more where a couple can just be a couple like they were in the good ol’ days. It is so easy to come home, jump on our phones and not even speak to each other. And for what? Mountains of pointless and factually incorrect news, or a girl on Instagram wearing a face mask, or someone on Facebook offering up cryptic status updates…

So much information, very little of it useful.

I think social media is amazing, it is a tool I use to share my creativity. But I guess I never want to look back and say I was so distracted every night by what the world was up to that I forgot to talk to my own partner about what he was up to.

I suppose this is my lesson in boundary setting with regards to technology – we have to ensure that social media is a slave to us, not the other way round.

Much love, Katie xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.


  1. I love that you and Matt did this. Trust me when I say avoiding screen time gets even harder when you have kids. We gave our 11 year old son a screen ban as punishment last weekend. It was a interminable 48 hours, where he harassed everyone else in the family to breaking point because he apparently had “nothing else to do”! That said, I am increasingly keen on a weekly screen-free day, or at the very least, insisting on no screens at the dinner table…..


    1. Oh man that does sound hard! I suppose when a generation has grown up with screens, it is even tougher! So hard to put those sorts of rules in place but so worth it huh?! I’m definitely going to continue to monitor my relationship with technology. So nice to hear your point of view xxxxx

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