I suspect most parents can relate to the topic presented here - whether it's today's infatuation with digital gadgets, or yesterday's infatuation with analog gadgets. The idea for "The Winter of our Disconnect" is a good one, but 265 pages was a bit much. Ms Maushart seemed to run out of new material at roughly the halfway point, and had to repeat already often-made points to pad the book out to novel length.
Ms Maushart does a good job of relating her personal experiences to behavioral research. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the statistics interesting, and even affirming at times. The writing style is casual and entertaining - I brought this book home with me because the first few pages were truly funny. The snarkiness wears out its welcome after a while, but either becomes less frequent, or this reader just started ignoring it.
After about 100 pages, it seemed that Ms Maushart had said about all she had to say on "The Experiment". That didn't stop her, though, and my interest really waned. The book became a struggle until the last 50 pages or so where the narrative started to shift to the end of The Experiment. Instead of the 100 pages of repetition, it would have been more interesting - as another reviewer noted - to take the story beyond The Experiment's end to recount lasting impacts/changes (or reversion to the way we were?).
All in all, a decent story I could relate to. It had its faults, but it was interesting to experience the author's personal account play off professional research and my own experience.