But there is a growing trend toward technology Sabbaths — perhaps a weekend off Twitter, a week without Facebook, or a day sans smart phone.
American writer William Powers, his wife and their son started doing an "internet Sabbath" every weekend more than four years ago.
"We basically decided we were being pulled apart from each other by our internet time and our addiction to the screen," he told ABC News Online.
At first, Powers found it hard to stop going online and he cheated a few times — once to catch the end of a movie, another because a hurricane was forecast to hit their town — but he persevered.
"It was like an existential crisis — we didn't know who we were anymore. My nine-year-old son had moments of tears," he said.
"It continued to be hard for about six more weekends, and then it became routine and normal and we began to notice the benefits."