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Happy birthday, cellphone!

Did you know that the cellphone is 30 years old? In March 1984, the first cellphone sold for US$3,995. The craziest part: All that phone did was make phone calls. Today, our phones keep us connected in just about every way possible. Do you think you could unplug for one day? For one week?


Most of us are familiar with juice cleanses—which are supposed to rid your body of toxins—but what about ridding your life of technology toxins?

Disconnecting from all technology during the school year would be nearly impossible because school work often depends on computers, but how about “unplugging” just from your cell phone? Think about how much time you spend texting your friends, scrolling through your Twitter feed, posting selfies on Instagram and updating your status on Facebook. Even 10 or 20 minutes here and there adds up to a lot of time in one week. What if you gave that up for just a day or two?

Get your family involved. When everyone is home, see who can go the longest without checking his or her phone. Whoever folds first has to do the dishes or take out the trash.

If you’re willing to take the challenge, do something productive with the time you save. Read a new book, play a board game with your family or work on a service project.
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