A digital detox or a "phone-free" time can be incredibly good for the brain.
Even just a full day without refreshing apps and staring at a screen can help us feel more connected to the physical world, grounded in our feelings, and less fidgety and paranoid.
But because we live in a culture used to constant availability, it can be hard to take much space away from the phones and screens without leaving loved ones on read, or worse yet, worrying them.
Ideally, setting a clear boundary and warning those close to us ahead of time would help curb any freak-outs during a digital detox, but this doesn't always work perfectly.
AITA for missing an actual emergency because I turned off my phone to avoid my wife's unnecessary contact attempts during my tech-free weekend?