Friday is being called the ‘Day of Unplugging’ in which we’re supposed to disconnect from devices and reconnect with people.
We’re connected these days in ways that wouldn’t even have been imaginable a generation ago. But some say being so connected is actually disconnecting us from real-life relationships that have been reduced to instant messages and emails.
That’s why tomorrow — actually, it’s from sundown Friday through sundown on Saturday — is the Day of Unplugging.
DaysoftheYear.com says it was created by Reboot, a nonprofit Jewish community. But the site is quick to point out that one doesn’t have to be Jewish (or even religious at all) to take part.
The idea behind the day was to challenge people to keep their electronic devices unplugged and unused for 24 hours in order to give themselves the chance to take a break and spend time relaxing with family, friends, or alone.
It’s a great idea. But for some of us, it’s not even a remote possibility. (Some of us, after all, have jobs in media that pretty much require us to be connected at least part of the day. To completely shut down and unplug might sound like an amazing vacation, but it also sounds like an impossibility.
I know of some friends who’ve taken cruises where there’s no wifi. More power to them. I’d be more stressed about not having email than I’d be de-stressed by the cruise itself.
For those who don’t feel that obligation or desire to stay connected, there’s even a pledge you can sign to fully commit to the idea at the event’s official website, nationaldayofunplugging.com.
Activities suggested during the electronic “blackout” include visiting aquariums, taking a bike ride, even — dare I say it — reading a book. (Not that Kindle thing, folks — an actual paper book!) And the chance to meet face to face with a good friend or three for coffee or a good meal where the conversation is vocal, not electronic, is also a nice idea.
For those of us who can’t disconnect completely, whether because of work, as in my case, or personal preference, you can still take part by trying to spend a block of time during the event with electronics turned off. It’s better you spend some part disconnected than no time at all, organizers reason.