One of the most powerful findings [of the digital detox] was that people tended to make significant changes to their lives when they were offline for a while. Some decided to make big changes in their career or relationships, while others decided to recommit to health and fitness. The lack of constant distraction appeared to free people’s minds to contemplate more important issues in their lives, and it also made them believe they had the willpower to sustain a transformation. (Of course, there was no control group that detoxed from devices while remaining in their regular work and home routines.)

“It seems grandiose to say this, but many of our guests said that this was a life-changing experience,” Unsworth says. “They said that they wanted to permanently change their digital habits by disconnecting from technology at night and over weekends. They wanted to introduce some of the benefits of the digital detox into their everyday lives.”

Elizabeth Segran writing at Fast Company on something we all intuitively know to be true: the cardinal virtue of temperance—restraint, self-control, abstention, and moderation—still matters. Crafting a culture of intentional restraint visa vis digital technology is one of the most important things to me for family life.