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National Day Of Unplugging – Will You Unplug, And Why Do We Need A ‘National Day’ To Do It?

I just found out that The National Day of Unplugging is March 7 – 8.

Yes, I said “day”. Upon further research, the “day” of unplugging spans from sundown March 7 through sundown March 8.

According to the National Day of Unplugging Web site:

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.”

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I believe that we have become so dependent on technology, that we need something like this. The problem I see is that taking Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is not really a stretch.But then I can say that, since I do not spend as much time as other people I know with Facebook and other social media avenues.

If you really want to make a commitment to be unplugged for a period of time, choose to unplug from 8 a.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday.

Think about it – you cannot converse with anyone or conduct business with anyone from 8:00 a.m. Friday until 8:00 a.m. Saturday, and since most “business” is not handled during the weekend, you could not correspond with any business connections until Monday.

How does this work, anyway? If we were to do this 20 years ago, would we be giving up our regular push button telephone? Most of how people connect is through their smartphone. So to really “unplug”, you would have to shut off your phone for the 24-hour period.

One of my responsibilities requires me to be available by phone 24-hours a day, so I couldn’t shut off my phone completely. Other people in my situation couldn’t shut off their phones either, so they would still have access to the things that they would need to “unplug” from during the National Day of Unplugging.

Lets face it – the answer is self control. Do you really need to know what I had for lunch yesterday? Find out by following this link.

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