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I just unplugged for the first time in two years. I checked my email once per day just for highly urgent matters. I turned off notifications on all my social apps. I put my phone in the bedroom and didn’t carry it with me throughout the day. Can I be honest with you? It was extremely challenging. I was so attached to keeping up with my social accounts, responding to emails and text messages immediately, and asking Siri a million questions, that I needed a break. After unplugging, I’m back with a healthier relationship with technology! Do you think you might need a break, too? Here are 15 signs that it’s time to unplug:
Your first thought is panic when you realize you left your phone at home.
You check your email first thing in the morning.
You check your email right before you fall asleep.
You’ve taken the latest Buzzfeed quiz.
You have to scroll through notifications every time you pick up your phone.
You are completely up-to-date with every Donald Trump tweet.
You’ve already used the latest Snapchat filter.
You need to charge your phone more than once each day.
Your phone case is in sad shape even though you recently bought it.
You know exactly which topics are trending daily.
You take your phone with you to the dinner table.
You’ve seen which celebrity has thrown the latest shade on Instagram.
You add hashtags to your in-person conversations.
You add emojis to your thoughts.
You take your phone into the bathroom with you – even when you don’t need to poop.
If you nodded your head at most of these, it’s time to stage an intervention. Put down your phone. Slowly back away. Have a dance party in your living room. Hug a loved one. Eat a meal without taking a picture of it. You can do it!
When was the last time you unplugged?