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National Day of Unplugging urges real-world connections

Posted at 7:20 AM, Mar 06, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Do you feel the constant need to check your phone, tablet or computer?

UK Healthcare psychiatrist Dr. Teresa Gevedon explained you are not alone.

"Now we're so connected," she said. "If someone forgets their phone at home, it's a national disaster."

She said that sense of withdraw is a sign we are addicted.

"We're worried about coronavirus, we're worried about tornadoes, we're worried about how the Cats are going to do in the next ball game. Every time we're checking, every time there's some news item, heart rate goes up, stress goes up, muscle tension goes up, not to mention that text neck," said Gevedon. "When you are not checking that phone all the time, you have a chance to breathe. And we all need that, we can all use that."

Friday is the National Day of Unplugging. The day encourages everyone to take some time to appreciate what is right in front of them.

Gevedon explained: "Unplugging is probably one of the most wonderful things you can do for your relationship with everything and everyone around you. Stop looking at the phone for a minute and look at the other people. Look around, look out the window. Enjoy a day."