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Local mother receives backlash after story, takes break from social media

Posted at 8:21 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 00:59:45-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas mother of four received backlash online after sharing her postpartum story and has decided to stay offline.

Thursday, Samantha Ross said she decided to unplug from it all to focus on those that do matter.

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"Yesterday, I said enough is enough with all the bully's and everybody coming after me about my depression," Ross said.

Ross did not know it, but Friday was National Day of Unplugging.

The project said it encourages people to relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones - which is what Ross decided to do, but a day earlier and with a goal in mind.

"I'm thinking at least a week, just get away from it, (until) things die down and maybe jump back into it," Ross said.

Ross said with unplugging Friday she was able to attend her daughter's vocabulary parade at school and indeed be present.

Dr. Simon Gottschalk, UNLV sociologist and researcher said it's important for people to disengage with technology overall.

One big barricade? Peoples' fear of missing out.

"Ask yourself, where does that come from?" Gottschalk said, "Regular detoxes are beneficial for everyone."

Reed Alewel took part of the National Day of Unplugging last year and said it was refreshing to engage with others face to face with no distractions.

"Sometimes you just need to set it down and say you know what, I don't care about that. Set it down, unplug, be like we use to be years ago and talk to people on a one on one social basis," Alewel said.