Meanwhile in Canada

Canadian Family Ends Ban On Technology Made After 1986

You can stop playing with My Little Pony now, kids.
The family enjoying some tech-free family time (Screengrab: YouTube)

The family enjoying some tech-free family time (Screengrab: YouTube)

Remember that kooky Canadian family that banned all technology made after 1986? They’ve finally reached their goal of making it all the way to April 2014 — a noble pursuit, as we can’t go an hour without playing Doodle Jump.

Father Blair McMillan, 27, first imposed the ban when he invited his son, Trey, to come play outside, but Trey elected to play with his iPad instead.

For months, Mr. McMillan, his partner Morgan Patey, 28, and their sons Trey, 5, and Denton, 3, resisted the urges to check Facebook, use their cellphones and play videogames. Taking the ban a step further, they also dressed in goofy 80s garb — Mr. McMillan and the boys even rocked mullets.

Yesterday, however, the family officially re-entered 2014, the CBC reported.

“It was a real positive experience,” Mr. McMillan told the CBC. “It’s actually kind of bittersweet, knowing it’s ending We had a lot more fun than we expected… But obviously the way the world is in 2014, it’s impossible to live your life like that because eventually you won’t have any friends left because you’re such a nuisance communicating with everybody else.”

Mr. McMillan said he was really going to miss all the tech-free family time.

“I’ll just miss relaxing in the family room, while the kids play and there’s no distractions and I’m not obviously caught up in my phone,” he said.

Not surprisingly, the tech ban didn’t come without challenges. Mr. McMillan said some people “just kind of forgot about [them]” because they weren’t communicating via text, email and social media.

“The most challenging part would have been that we are out of the loop with everybody else,” he said. “And we did live in our own little box in our house because we kind of cut ourselves off from the rest of the world because the only way we could talk to people was to call, and nobody does that as much anymore.”

Mr. McMillan is now reportedly deciding whether or not to cut his cascading mullet.

(h/t Paleofuture)

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