While we at DTE provide electricity to power items like televisions, laptops and yes, cellphones, we still understand the importance of unplugging. In fact, it may come as no surprise at all that our society has a hard time looking away from screens. Nearly 84 percent of cell phone users claim that they can’t go a day without looking at their device. Typically, Americans check their phone once every 12 minutes or roughly 80 times a day!
There are plenty of good reasons to step away from the screens too. According to the University of Maryland, students who unplugged from devices experienced an improved quality of life and claimed to have spent more time with their loved ones.
March 3 marks this year’s National Day of Unplugging. As the day approaches, we’ve listed a few great locations around Michigan that can help you put away the devices and focus on the world around you.
Soaking in the culture and admiring the wonderful art collections housed in the D.I.A. is a bit hard to do if you’re staring at your phone. Whether you’re walking through the Rivera Court or getting lost in Frederic Edwin Church’s “Cotopaxi,” it’s easy to spend hours on end in this Detroit gem. If you’re planning on celebrating National Day of Unplugging by visiting this location, the D.I.A. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Located in Grand Rapids, The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features a tropical conservatory that houses beautiful tropical birds that are sure to take your breath away. Additionally, while it may be a bit chilly, observing the collection of art located around the 158-acre campus is something you don’t want to miss during your visit. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, the Meijer Gardens will also be featuring the “Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming” exhibition, housing over 7,000 tropical butterflies starting March 1.
If you’re around Lansing and want to unplug by having a staycation this weekend, there’s nothing quite like spending time in a cozy bed and breakfast. This location can be a great place to read a good book and get great food. Located between Downtown Lansing and Old Town, this bed and breakfast is also perfect for anyone who’d like to visit the museums, restaurants or shops around the area.