Like it or not, we are all captives to and of mobile phones, emails and the internet as a whole.
But what happens when these "toys" are missing from our daily lives? How do we cope?
The New York Times tested the proposition. As it says:
"The New York Times asked for volunteers who were willing to give up technology for a period of time and tell us about the experience. Dozens of people responded."
A selection of their stories can be found here.