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Esther J. Cepeda

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[OP-ED]: When you need to go deep, don’t let your devices be a distraction

 08/28/2017 - 08:21
Digital addicts, take heart: You don’t need to quit the internet to benefit greatly from more time away from your devices. Just try it for a few minutes a day and see how it goes. In fact, as soon as you finish reading this column, treat yourself to some silence.

There’s nothing that digital addicts hate more than being told they need to pay closer attention to real life.

In a recent screed titled “It Would Be Great if Celebrities Could Stop Talking About the Joys of ‘Unplugging,’” Slate blogger Heather Schwedel complained that comedian Aziz Ansari’s declaration of independence from the internet in a GQ magazine interview amounts to a form of snobbery.

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Esther J. Cepeda

Esther J. Cepeda is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group. She was previously a a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.