I’m sure you are all getting ready to unplug your laptop, desktop, turn off your cell phone or your iPad, and confiscate those handheld gaming devices from your kids in preparation for the commencement of today’s National Day of Unplugging at sundown. Kudos for taking the initiative to temporarily go off the grid! We are all way too overplugged and a day of digital detox sounds pretty nice.
Sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and an organization called Reboot, the second annual National Day of Unplugging is a campaign to get people of all faiths to slow down and “reconnect with family, friends, the community and themselves.” From sundown tonight to sundown tomorrow, March 5th, this initiative reminds us all that it’s OK to be without our technology (at least for 24 hours) and remember what it was like when we didn't make ourselves totally accessible, and information wasn’t readily available at all times of the day.
Funnily enough, if you need a little nudge to unplug, guess what? There’s an app for that! Yep, ironic as it sounds, you can text “reboot” to 738674 and you’ll receive a text back with a link to download the app, or you can enter your phone number here to get the link. The app offers simple reminders leading up to the start of unplug-fest 2011 and also enables you to send automatic messages on Twitter and Facebook letting your people know that you are checking out for 24 hours. An app to unplug…imagine that.
If you are willing to participate, what will you do with all the free time?
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