National Unplug Day Wants You to Go Offline
The nonprofit Reboot is challenging people to take a 24-hour digital detox.
Starting at sunset tonight an estimated 2,000 people will follow a pledge to take a 24-hour “digital detox.” The National Day of Unplugging, which stems from a project called the Sabbath Manifesto, takes its inspiration from the Judaic principle of the Shabbat: “On the seventh day thou shalt rest.” The idea is to slow down, unplug, and reconnect (offline) with family and friends.
Reboot, the nonprofit behind the project, caught some buzz recently when it sponsored a SXSW panel discussion called, “Tech Detox: Can You Survive a Day Without Technology?” At the panel, entrepreneurs and tech moguls discussed how they benefit from unplugging periodically from their social networks, laptops, and mobile devices. Later, Reboot hosted an “unplugged” party where attendees set the recordsetter.com world record for the most cell phones powered off at once. More then 150 people succeeded in powering off their devices for three minutes.
Want to try powering down and being more present? Take the pledge to unplug here. — Maeghan Ouimet
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