What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even. What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary. The Paperback of the Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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So many questions were left unanswered.

Quickly, however, the author’s story telling turned from his personal experiences to recording the values, politics, and beliefs of the families surrounding him.

I tried to respect my position, but I was not always as cautious as I might have been.

Newer buildings were as faceless and angular as the older ones. The weather was nice, the scenery beautiful. From the start, his description of his wife as an “assistant” is disturbing Jan 29, Lisa rated it eeic liked it Shelves: How were many household chores accomplished? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Could ADD be related to televsion and computers? Seeing no betetr at the drive-thru, she slid into the ordering station.

At the stroke of midnight we shed our mortal shells and became prince and princess of creation How did going from being a Boston accountant to an Amish housewife affect her sense of self?

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology

The technological distractions of the western world have prevented me from the spiritual life and intellectual growth, or rather, I have allowed them to do this. But rather than being afraid of technology or religiously opposed to it, the Minimites are composed of men and women who chose to leave their former high tech lives because they believed living with fewer devices would ultimately make them better offallowing them to live more whole, complete, and fulfilled lives.


Only read this book if you are low betyer sleeping aids. This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. If anything, it increased. I garden, and I sew by hand. bettter

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

My dad bought one of the first word processors ever made in the hopes of easing the time and effort of writing. What he discovers there is told with excellent, evocative writing. I’m not saying that all things technological are evil, but is it possible to keep them outside our lives when and where they intrude too deeply, I admit this is difficult, but almost necessary. The only tedious moments were the rest stops Locally they commuted to work from new subdivisions in hired motor vehicles.

All your bettdr friends. After supper even the cars went into hibernation; the only signs of life were the faint glows cast by cathode ray tubes on living-room blinds.

During a rest stop a few hours later, I noticed him standing beside the bus by himself. This gives him insight and access to the perspective of male community members, but not female. To live in close quarters with a group like this, you had to be properly married.


Although I thought the premise for this book was intriguing, Eric Brende really went into very monotonous detail, to the point of making me want bettee scream, “I get it!! Although it might do many of us some good, it’s probably fair to say that Brende lived the life and wrote the book so that we don’t have to–we can inspect his account and take from it what we can.

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While it’s an interesting book on the joys of simple living, I found that there were some things that were either not mentioned or very “off” in Brende’s description. And it’s author, Eric Brende, is the real deal. There are two illustrations in this book: For Mary’s part, the betrer was also less nuisance than it might have seemed; she told me orf was hardly more difficult cooking two plates of food rather than one, or doing two loads of laundry instead of one.

Paperbackpages. Appliances were verboten if they ran on electricity, but not if on pressurized air, propane, or gasoline. How hard and time-consuming was this life “without laborsaving machines”?

What has technology bettef to man’s need for silence, prayer and meditation?