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Honestly, what are we as a culture if we never unplug? Robots? Think about all the opportunities we miss while on our phones. You are able to establish much more personal connections with people when you talk to them in person. You could stare at your phone, or you could take a hike or become closer to a friend. Aren't these simple experiences what life is about in the first place? Take some time out of your day to engage. Talk to friends face-to-face, or stop to smell the flowers. Your actions in day-to-day life will become much more meaningful and satisfying, I promise.

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(Emily Herbst is a 14-year-old freshman at Petaluma High School. She plays soccer almost year-round, which takes up most of her time, and builds robots competitively for part of the year. She has always had a love and fascination for reading and writing, and would be interested in pursuing a career in journalism or photojournalism in the future.)