Did you unplug for National Day of Unplugging last week? From March 7th to 8th, people all over the world were pledging to unplug from mobile and tech devices! Members of a network, Reboot, founded this day in 2002 to help impact the world in all the right ways.
Reboot gives a great summary for their project,
Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?
We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of “silence” that our earphones create.
If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.
The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.
It’s funny to think that people were online to pledge to be offline on March 7-8, but they had a section for users to plan city-wide events for groups of unpluggers! FOr example, San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks department planned a Reboot event. Check out their flyer!
Here are a few of the countless people who unplugged!
Will you participate next year?
What will you unplug for?