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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Brende begins making soap a considerably less taxing avocation than wheat threshing.

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

At the stroke of midnight we shed our mortal shells and became prince and princess of creation Very much along the lines of Neil Postman in Technopoly and elsewhere, Brende recognized the unthinking brejde of “technological progress” as a process in which as dric is lost as is gained. Even so, Brende insists “going motorless was critical.

What was the point? Technology’s very success in certain tasks incited a broader dread at its absence.

Jun 11, Anna rated it did not like it. Over the din of the amplified music she had cried, “I’ve always ovf to live on a farm! Appliances were efic if they ran on electricity, but not if on pressurized air, propane, or gasoline. There are two illustrations in this book: Retired farmers often moved to Florida and congregated in special Amish condominiums. And in f Man, this guy is an insufferable prick! In the early nineteenth century there were uprisings against ericc encroaching domination, both here and abroad.


At that moment came the fulfillment of Locke’s novel definition of rights: Still, Brende does a masterful job of portraying how life lived together can be rich in ways those in the city separated by their devices and vehicles rarely experience.

So, my gut response is to ask where can I sign up for the next Amish living session, and never leave.

This was a serious lack in the book — perhaps the men took many breaks during the farming day, but did the women? I ended up in the emergency room of the Cambridge City Hospital, and after three hours’ waiting, I was told nothing was wrong with me.

Eeric would be premature to say, however, whether ours was a marriage of betterr. I took up rowing. This could have been a ten page essay on why you should not use technology, not a slow, boring book about a guy and his wife living in an Amish community.

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology

And I found myself in the very den of the beast. He is full of himself.

A lovely, in depth, well written exploration of a year creating new life patterns. One of my takeaways from the book was how the Minimites carefully considered the effect various technologies might have on their families and community. He says, “Mary [his wife] looked at me.

Perhaps the most despicable facet of his writing is brendde near-total omission to the point of disdain of details regarding his wife’s experience as a woman in such a segregated community.

What would life be like if we hung up technology and let our muscles do the work for a bit?


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I really would like to have heard more about Mary’s thoughts and impacts over the 18 months. Unfortunately, however, one senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of “flipping the switch” on all things electric. There was always an undertow to my technological infatuation, however, which at first I was loath to acknowledge. Lists with This Book.

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What was the easiest? A charming book with a great premise. Together, they built barns, harvested brenee, and chose a new religious leader though the book is not about faith in particular, it plays a big part in the community.

Compared to his new Amish-style neighbors, he’s weak, ignorant, and incompetent in his new betterr, but he seems to realize this. Having lived in a shack without electricity or running water while apprenticing on an organic farm, I was reminded while reading this of many of my own trials.

Still, there were some really interesting points made about the roles of men and women. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress — and waistlines brenve and expand happiness, health, and leisure.