"That's something we've known for thousands of years," he says. "Very hard to be reflective when you're distracted by these streams that have something interesting."
So whether it's for a week or a few days, the tech writer says take a break: Just unplug.
Paul Baier, a software company executive, takes breaks from social media a little bit more seriously — he pays for it.
Or at least he did.
Baier's daughter, just now finishing her sophomore year of high school, knew her father thought she spent too much time on Facebook. So, halfway through her freshman year, the now 15-year-old put a deal on the table: If Baier paid her, she would stay off Facebook.
So, we want to hear your story. Tell us about your attempt at a digital detox. Did you last a week, a day? Was it challenging? Refreshing? Tell us what you did, and how it went. But you have to use the Internet to let us know.