Sundown on Friday, March 23 marks the beginning of the third annual Day to Disconnect, when people are urged to turn off their electronic devices and, gulp, talk to other people face to face. Begun by a Jewish group called Reboot to connect with Sabbath observance, the Sabbath Manifesto urges people of all faiths to take a day of rest from tech.
Mashable quotes Reboot’s Tanya Schevitz: “We often seem to forget that we once survived without Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones and the Internet. The National Day of Unplugging gives us permission to unplug and recharge ourselves for just 24 hours. Everything will still be there when we return.” The group suggests 10 principles for a restful, restoring day off:
- Avoid technology.
- Connect with loved ones.
- Nurture your health.
- Get outside.
- Avoid commerce.
- Light candles.
- Drink wine.
- Eat bread.
- Find silence.
- Give back.
This is not the only “Disconnect Day” effort. Here’s a video created by nonprofit women’s group, Ohr Naava, that urged putting down the devices last October:
I love, and live by, my tech devices and I’m afraid I can’t disconnect this March 23. But I am making the effort to have a “Tech Sabbath” once a week, often on Sunday, to remind myself, like the video itself, that Life is Great, even (especially?) unplugged.
Do you have a discipline around turning off the technology?