Advocating for getting offline is all well and good, but one has to wonder if the new life direction Randi Zuckerberg — former Director of Market Development at Facebook, and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister — makes for fun family dinners.
The book and website are both called Dot Complicated, and the book for kids is (rather charmingly) called Dot, and naturally has an accompanying doll. In the blog post announcing the books, Ms. Zuckerberg describes it saying, “Dot loves technology. A LOT. She’s obsessed with her devices (sound familiar?), but with a little push, she’s reminded that life’s a little bit richer when you look up from the screen.”
While it’s obviously amusing that someone so entrenched in the online world is convincing us to live life offline rather than on Facebook, I actually kind of get it. I’ve been working harder to spend time offline each day, personally. I try to stay off social media for much of my work day, and I’ve gone back to “single screen” living at night and just watching television without also hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.
Sadly, I don’t think my daughter will be amused by this book at all, but I’m going to give it a shot. If the little girl in question was a Minecraft-playing tomboy, well, she might get into it.
Here’s the book preview below. What do you think? Will you buy it?