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Using the Long Weekend to Unplug from Screens

For those of us who thrive off of human interaction, and the defined break in the day a commute allows, working from home has created a whole lot of weirdness. It has been difficult to know when the day starts and when it stops. My computer is always there, emails are still coming in, what’s a few extra minutes on it? Then virtual happy hour with friends, buzzing social media, or watching a show. The day goes by quickly and for a lot of us, most of it is spent staring at a screen. According to Social Media Today, a study found that people are spending on average 20% more time on apps during quarantine. They also reported that all social apps have seen an increase in usage and engagement. Which isn’t a surprise to anybody-it’s been our only option for staying connected.

This fourth of July weekend will be unique. COVID-19 has disrupted so many annual plans or trips. So what can you do?

Take a break from screens!

Use this long weekend to rest from the digital world. For those who can be with people, set down the tech and embrace the time together with meaningful conversations.

For those who cannot be with others, use the time to refocus your energy. Pet your cats, throw a frisbee to your dogs, write a letter to an old college roommate.

Trade a favorite recipe with a friend or neighbor and try making something new.

You might not be able to do all your normal favorite Fourth of July traditions, but who’s to say you can’t use a unique circumstance to develop new ones.

Happy 4th of July everyone!


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