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 (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
 (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Today is national Unplug Day. That means we're all supposed to unplug our phones, tablets and laptops and enjoy a day away from technology interfacing with fellow humans the old fashioned way. From Care2.com:

It’s no surprise that many of us could stand to unplug from technology for a little while. Cell phone and technology addiction are on the rise, and even those of us who don’t feel like we’re truly “addicted” to technology may feel from time to time like we simply can’t escape it. Not only do most of us spend our days using technology for work, we also use it in the evenings to entertain ourselves and to communicate with others.

But unfortunately, constantly being “plugged in” is leaving many of us stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. That’s why March 9-10, a National Day of Unplugging, has officially been created. People across the country are pledging to leave their cellphones, computers and other technologies off from sundown March 9 to sundown March 10. Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to know.

So why should people unplug their gadgets? It's good for you, apparently. Light from screens has been shown to activate the central nervous system which can keep people up at night. Also, a lot of people have social media-fueled anxiety that can have an impact on our self esteem. And finally, an estimated 8 percent of Americans suffer from some form of internet addiction which can create problems with health and relationships. 

So there you have it, the national Day of Unplugging. I give it five minutes. Ten tops. 

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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