Digital Disconnect: ‘Day to Unplug’ Takes Off

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:

  1. Avoid technology.
  2. Connect with loved ones.
  3. Nurture your health.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Avoid commerce.
  6. Light candles.
  7. Drink wine.
  8. Eat bread.
  9. Find silence.
  10. 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?



Dot A.
Dot A4 years ago

@ 65yrs of age, - it's an advantage to not feel this peer pressure to have a constant 'digital connection' - so that - when connected, it is a good feeling, not a pressured environment, like so many in mainstream culture

the youth of the modern era must have a tremendous source of stress from what happens in the 'digit world'

if you were born in 1948, -> not so much,.....

the sense of this is good, -now let's see how it works,....

Thanks - Nancy Roberts for getting our attention!

C.M Padget
Carolyn Padget6 years ago

Great idea---wish I knew of it sooner (found out about it on the 28th)

Molly Lemen
Molly L6 years ago

a great a idea and even more important for lkids!

Leah H.
Leah H6 years ago

It is a STELLAR idea! The no commerce is a winner. Say hello to your family and yourself.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

Good video. We should all definitely do this from time to time.

Duane B.
.6 years ago

Computers are both my work and my hobby, and have been for nearly 40 years. I enjoy taking vacations where I don't have a computer with me and I can go for a week or two without having to touch a keyboard or respond to an Email! Although I've learned it wasn't environmentally friendly, I did enjoy a 10-day cruise to/from Hawaii where I also had no cell phone service for 6 of those days ... and that was heaven!!

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

I admit, I'd find avoiding my computer for a whole day really hard unless I was somewhere I had no access. No, even then I'd find it hard.

Heidi Awes
Heidi Aubrey6 years ago

It reallly isn't that hard to do. Reading is a wonderful option, if nothing else. I enjoy reading every bit as much as using my computer.

Richard T.
Richard T6 years ago

If you really want to do this you can!

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

One day to unplug is a wonderful idea, and more days to if folks can -- doesn't matter which date , just pick one:)