Tell Us: How Often Do You "Unplug" at Home?

Tell Us: How Often Do You "Unplug" at Home?

Elizabeth Giorgi
May 12, 2014
(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)

I bet you've seen the new video making the rounds this week. It's called "Look Up," and it's a spoken word poem imploring humanity to put the phone down, turn off the tablet, and reconnect with one another. We've talked about different strategies for unplugging on Apartment Therapy, but it brings up an important question: how often should we be unplugging at home?

If you missed the video, you should really check it out.

Social psychologists recommend unplugging regularly, because trying to detox from tech after a large period of time causes most people high levels of anxiety. The idea is that by scheduling time away from tech, you can plan that time productively and not just sit around thinking about retweets.

So how do we practice this?

My boyfriend and I have decided try to leave our phones in the car when we go out on date nights. At the bar, my friends and I play a game that requires that anyone seen checking their phone at the table be forced to buy the next round.

This idea was also recently spoofed on an episode of Veep, where wedding guests were required to put their phones in a bowl upon entering the event. I love this idea and hope more people try it out at their big events. (Although needless to say, on the show, it didn't go well.)

So now commenters, tell us — how do you make time to disconnect from tech and connect with your friends and family?

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