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National Day of Unplugging

Can You Ditch Your Gadgets For a Day?

Tonight marks the beginning of the 24-hour National Day of Unplugging, where you're supposed to avoid technology — including cell phones, Twitter and Facebook updates, email, and even TV — and go gadget-free for a day. The aim is to get people to "reclaim time, slow down their lives and reconnect with friends, family, the community and themselves." I know I won't be able to ditch my phone for a day, but it does serve as a good reminder to disconnect for periods of time and give yourself a break from digital correspondence.

So — will you be participating?

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stone_soup stone_soup 6 years
I definitely would not be able to let go of my phone. If I did not check my emails for one day, my friends and project mates would be on my back the next day, asking me why I never replied my emails or messages. That's more scary than having to reply emails.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 6 years
Nah. I have problems with the whole premise. It's way too easy to blame our problems on our tech. If your relationships are suffering because you're misusing your gear then your problem is much bigger than a single day of tech-fasting is going to help. I'm a touch weary of the whole 'tech is bad for relationships/life' thing. I also find that the ones most likely to blame tech are those who aren't really that interested in using it in the first place -- yet somehow resent that others enjoy using theirs.
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