Ms. Fatemeh Rezaee, PhD student at Seoul National University, presented on March 26 at Virtual Ability’s Mental Health Symposium. During her presentation, she mentioned the National Day of Unplugging, which this year had been held March 1-2. Several audience members asked for further information about this, recognizing that they spend an increasing amount of non-quality time engaged with their phones. They seemed particularly intrigued by the idea of a “cell phone sleeping bag” to cut off some of the electronic device’s allure.
Ms. Rezaee sends along a couple of web links that are related to the concept of purposeful unplugging from your cellphone.
The National Day of Unplugging organization has a great deal of information on how to get involved. This page shows their Cell Phone Sleeping Bag: https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/sign-up. The page also links to a resource toolkit of activities you or your organization can use to promote the need to unplug once in a while.
Another company that makes cell phone sleeping bags is Bagby: https://bagby.co/collections/all.
Of course, if you are crafty, you don’t need to purchase one of these products. You may be able to knit, crochet, or sew a cover for your phone. One enterprising community member stated that if the one she plans to make for herself works well, then she will think about starting a home business!
Thank you Ms. Rezaee for introducing our audience to this important simple tool we can use to reclaim our lives.