Jamaica | Mar 2, 2023

Can you take a break from your smartphone for a day?

Vanassa McKenzie

Vanassa McKenzie / Our Today

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How often do you take breaks from using social media? Do you find it challenging to take a break from your favourite social media platform?

Undoubtedly, it can be challenging for many individuals to take breaks from their smart devices. Smart devices such as smartphones, iPods, and laptops have made communication and access to information easier for individuals.

However, with this increased access to information, more people are becoming addicted to their smart devices. According to DataReportal, on average, a person spends six hours and 54 minutes on the internet.

Cellphone addiction refers to an obsession caused by the increased use of cell phones.

With more people spending time on their smart devices, this limits the time spent bonding with family members and participating in other social activities.

Each year, the world commemorates National Unplug Day on the first Friday in March. This is a public education campaign that urges individuals to spend an entire day away from their smart devices to rest and relax.

While many individuals may not be able to take an entire day to ‘unplug’ from their smart devices, due to professional and social commitments, it is important for everyone to designate 15 to 30 minutes from their day to relax and unwind.

National Unplug Day, which will be recognised tomorrow (March 3), is a time to step away from the screen in order to appreciate the people around you and nature.

Tips for unplugging

  • Let your friends and family know that you will be without your cell phone for a day.
  • Turn off your smartphone and other devices.
  • If you must use your cellphone for work-related activities, create a detailed schedule. Once work is over, take a break from your cell phone to rest and relax.
  • Turn off your notifications.
  • Spend your free time doing something productive (read a book, take a walk or rest).
  • Be intentional about the goals set out for the day and stick with them.


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