Letter to the Editor: Why it’s important to unplug your smartphone on March 1

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It’s well-known Americans are increasingly dependent on their smartphones for essential daily functions, entertainment, and connection. Technology helps us do so many things, but sometimes there are unintended consequences when technology gets out of place in our lives.

According to a December 2023 survey of consumers, 41 percent shared that they could use some time away from their phone. Nearly a third of the people surveyed want to take an intentional break from their phones.

Smartphones are an important part of everyday life and are meant to bring us closer, not further apart. Sometimes a reset moment from technology can help us stay focused on genuine connections. For many, it’s time for that reset moment.

This is a goal of Global Day of Unplugging on Friday, March 1. It’s a time to take a break from technology and celebrate human connection over digital engagement.

It’s a time to put your smartphone down and enjoy quality time with your friends, family and loved ones. You can even try traditional means of entertainment, like challenging others to a board game, visiting a local park or the simple act of cooking while reminiscing on fond memories.

Unplugging can help you redefine your relationship with technology and be a step towards creating healthy digital habits.

Mike Burwell
Director of Sales and Operations for US Cellular in Missouri and Illinois
Columbia, Mo.

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