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By Tracy Clemons

BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - Everywhere we turn, there's technology. There's the computer, the video games, and more forms of social media than we can follow.

But one group has set aside March 1 and March 2 to encourage the world to unplug for just a day.
Friday we caught up with the Geisz family in Brentwood.

Julie Geisz says they have a lot of technology in their home, but they're constantly re-thinking how to manage it.

She says despite all the competition with technology, they still carve out family time that usually includes board games, and lively dinner table conversation.

But for the families that plop their kids in front of the television, video games, or the computer, SLU-Care Pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says this kind of day can be especially good.

"There are valuable things about media that can be very helpful, but I think taking a day to unplug like this is really important to reestablish that connection for people to maybe remember things that they might have let go of," Haller says.

"It's tremendously important to know how to look up. It's tremendously important in life to know how to do one thing at a time. I think we're really good at multi-tasking and there's a time for that. But there's also a time for really laying things aside," adds Julie Geisz.

Dr. Haller says it may be a good idea for all of us, whether we have families or not, to unplug maybe once a month. 

Learn more about the National Day of Unplugging by visiting the group's home page.

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