Technology has taken over the lives of today's people. From being the puppet of the people, it has promoted itself into the puppet master. Now, technology controls us instead of the other way around. In the past, we use technology to get things done. Now, we can't get things done because of technology. Instead of doing their homeworks, students spend their time updating their statuses and chatting on Facebook. Instead of getting some paper work done, office employees are busy tweeting about what they have eaten for lunch or retweeting what their colleagues have eaten for lunch. Instead of writing some rap, Kanye West is busy tweeting about some God knows what. Instead of getting their rooms clean and clear, teens are watching Justin Bieber's “Baby” video on YouTube over and over and over again. This can go on and on. For ever. But these are examples enough of how technology is enslaving us and keeping us away from doing the things that really matter.
This is where the concept of “de-teching” comes in. As the term implies, “de-teching” means freeing yourself from the shackles of technology. It does not necessarily mean you banish technology from your life. It could mean reducing your 5-hours-a-day-on-Facebook habit to one that that's just 3 or 4 hours a day. No matter how deep you want to go with it as long as the main goal is to reduce technology-reliance, it's “de-teching”. The goal is to free up time so you can work on things that are more meaningful than commenting on your best friend's latest vacation photos.
It is kind of ironic though that most of the “de-teching” tools and resources out there are technology-based. These include programs that prevent out-of-control spending using a credit card, a device specifically-designed for drunk drivers that locks the ignition if the results of an in-car breathalyzer are positive and smart phone apps that won't allow you to either send or receive test messages when you are driving a car. As you can see, a lot of these devices aim for safety first. As social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are exploding and the ways you use a mobile phone seem to increase every single day, expect more of these “de-teching” tools, apps and devices to start flooding in soon to take back our precious time from technology's greedy hands.