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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

4 Easy Ways to Help You and Your Family Unplug From Technology

I know if you're reading this you can relate when I say our entire lives (and livelihoods) are more and more online. It's great to have constant access via the Internet to everything we want, we all need to take a break and spend less time with our technology. To help encourage people to limit their technology usage, 'National Day of Unplugging' is March 7th - 7th this year. This day is designed to help you get in the habit of taking a 'digital detox' and make more of an effort to give your brain a break from technology and reconnect with family and friends. Are you and your family members always staring at screens? Here are some tips to help you disconnect.

Whenever I make posts about unplugging from technology, people laugh, but did you know that the average smartphone user checks their device 150 times a day. Checking in on friends’ frequent vacations, food pictures, and date nights create a constant state of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and anxiety. People obsessively refresh our social media feeds followers because they’re afraid to be "on the outside" of news, events, and social gatherings. But at the end of the day, browsing photos from other people’s fun times is not the same as attending those parties and picnics and actually hanging out with friends in the flesh. Studies show that we actually need weekends and nights off to disconnect and recuperate from the stresses of work. Like your muscles, the brain needs recovery time in order to develop and grow.

Want to learn how to take a digital detox, follow these steps: