By Sam Ferrigno for

For many of us, it can be tough to imagine unplugging for a couple of hours: Technology has become somewhat of a crutch. But, connecting off-screen is something worth prioritizing every now and again. Check out some things to do without technology in the slideshow below.

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  • 1. Cooking

    I just got an <a href="">amazing cookbook</a> and I intend to use it, despite possible paper cuts and incessant page turning. Cooking requires love as well as undivided attention. Keeping the chicken from burning and the house from going up in flames will keep you busy enough to turn off the phone.

  • 2. Wondering

    This one sounds weird because it is. It is completely weird to wonder about anything with a smartphone. We shouldn’t take for granted that we have access to more knowledge than in any other time in history. We should give ourselves time to think about the question before knowing the answer.

  • 3. Talking

    Kids think less of texting in the middle of a conversation. As we get older we learn that it’s really rude. Turn your phone off when you’re out to coffee with friends. Don’t take their time and attention for granted. Otherwise they’ll grow up without you.

  • 4. Dating

    Terrifying. The other end of an instant message convo is a broad wall from which to ask someone out on a date. It’s an even bigger wall when you carry on a relationship online. Save some stories and compliments so that you and your mate look forward to seeing each other in person.

  • 5. Writing

    Good handwriting is one of those things like books and records that are fading from popular culture. But like vinyl and a good book cover, handwriting will always has its charm. Even if it’s bad, there’s something about a handwritten note that makes you want to frame it.

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  • 1. Talk On The Phone

    Smartphones still have a telephone in it somewhere. When everyone expects you to text, “sup,” surprise them instead with an audible “Hello.” Your friends may not know what to do at first, but more often than not, the sound of your voice will be a welcome surprise.

  • 2. Don't Give Advice

    When a friend asks you if she should dump Johnny for his twin brother, don’t start out by saying “No, that’s a terrible idea.” Instead, ask questions like, “Why do you think you want to do this?” No one wants to be told what to do, especially when the solution is obvious. Friends don’t boss each other, they guide.

  • 3. Be Tough

    When a friend asks you to read the manuscript he wrote, cover it in red ink. Challenge him so he knows you’re on his side, and that you believe he can do better. Sometimes the best gift is showing someone he is worth more than he thinks.

  • 4. Obligate Them To Show Up

    We don’t want to manipulate our friends, but we do want to feel appreciated. Whether it’s a milestone celebration (like a job promotion), a recital or a call for help, friends spend money on the extra gas to be there. Plus, showing your friends that their presence matters is ultimate compliment.

  • 5. Send A Handwritten Letter In The Mail

    This rarely ever happens. Sending a piece of parchment with your own handwriting on it will warm your friend’s heart. There’s simply more soul in a handwritten letter than in an e-card or Facebook message. The memory of opening it will last a long time.

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