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Can you ever unplug?

Can you ever unplug?

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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Earlier this week, I was giving Tyler a hard time about him not being able to turn off his cell phone.

I have no problem turning off my phone during dinner, my workouts or just a fun outing with my husband.

Some people (including some of my co-workers) don’t agree with my choice to unplug, but I figure if it’s that important people can leave a message. And I'll call back.

A new survey out today find more Americans believe it’s acceptable to be “plugged in” during dinner at home with family and friends (41 percent) than when eating out at a fancy restaurant (26 percent). And 29 percent of people say it’s okay to be plugged in during their honeymoon. (So glad we couldn't get cell phone reception when I was honeymooning!)

I get it to a degree. I’m going on vacation next week and know I’ll have to check my e-mails or I’ll come back to a flood of them. But does anyone long for the days when taking a vacation really meant checking out?

Or going to dinner allowed you to focus on the person sitting across the table from you? I’m amazed how many people I see texting during dinner or out with their family and friends.

Some families have a text free / cell phone free time period, say between 6 and 7pm when no phones are allowed. Seems sad that we have to set aside a time period to communicate the old fashioned way – face to face, but maybe that’s what technology has done to us.

Do you have a solution that works? Share it below.

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