The first Friday/Saturday in March is celebrated as the National Day of Unplugging, a day when observers nationwide pledge to spend 24 hours completely tech-free. The idea is to encourage hyper-connected and frequently frantic people to re-embrace the ancient beauty of a day of rest.
The “unplug challenge” was launched in 2010 by Reboot, a nonprofit organization intent on “rebooting” Jewish culture, rituals, and traditions in a way that makes them relevant for a new generation. It was a riff on the Jewish Sabbath, or Shabbat — the Jewish day of rest, which starts Friday evening and runs through Saturday night.
From the National Day of Unplugging website:
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 sunset to sunset – 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.
Reboot encourages people of all backgrounds to recharge their spiritual and personal lives by not using computers, cell phones or any technology for 24 hours—annually the first Friday/Saturday of March, from sundown to sundown.
Find out more at http://nationaldayofunplugging.com.
Matt Peckham, “Turn Off, Tune Out: The National Day of Unplugging Is Upon Us,” TIME.com, March 1, 2013, accessed March 1, 2013, http://techland.time.com/2013/03/01/turn-off-tune-out-the-national-day-of-unplugging-is-upon-us.