Do You Ever Unplug From Your Smartphone? 9 Readers Weigh In

Here are some of the reasons why many MilMag social media followers unplug … plus one voice of dissent.

➞ There’s nothing better than ditching the devices and heading out into nature. No batteries or cords can provide that kind of serenity. @nicolebloedorn

➞ My phone stays home when I leave, often to recharge itself while I enjoy myself working out in the park or having co ee with friends. @teddimaclean

➞ I replaced my PC with a mechanical typewriter and it’s making me a better writer. Don’t get me wrong – I still have a laptop and smartphone. But to spend an hour typing with just a sheet of paper, my brain and that beautiful sound? You wouldn’t believe the stu I come up with. @amy_e_casey

Opposing Opinion

It’s hard to unplug because you miss awesome opportunities like this. Isn’t this what having your phone is all about? That’s a serious question. @shonnhinton

➞ I try to at least once a week! I feel like it helps me focus on what really matters and meeting my goals. @sara_ann_aye

➞ It helps me connect to the present. I feel more grounded when I unplug, and choices become more clear because I’m more in touch with my current state. @thegreenhello

➞ >My work and commute keep me away from home from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., so when I get home, I devote time to my family and do not check social media. @drjillybean

➞ Sunday is my unplug day. I meal prep, read, do yoga or house chores and just enjoy time before the week starts. It’s so nice to be untethered and unbothered. @taylornlacey

➞ Unplugging helps reframe the mind to focus on what is right in front of you, whether it be people or simply the beautiful outdoors. That is something I would never want to miss out on. @janelle.m.barnett

“Do you ever take a time out from your devices for a day (or even an hour)?” appears in the 2018 Health issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Karisa Langlo is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.