How Can You Participate in the National Day of Unplugging?

It’s no surprise that many of us could stand to unplug from technology for a little while. Cell phone and technology addiction are on the rise, and even those of us who don’t feel like we’re truly “addicted” to technology may feel from time to time like we simply can’t escape it. Not only do most of us spend our days using technology for work, we also use it in the evenings to†entertain ourselves and to communicate with others.

But unfortunately, constantly being “plugged in” is leaving many of us stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. That’s why March 9-10, a National Day of Unplugging, has officially been created. People across the country are pledging to leave their cellphones, computers and other technologies off from sundown March 9 to sundown March 10. Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to know.

Why Should You Unplug?

A†paper published in Current Psychiatry Reviews†stated that studies have estimated†1.5†to 8.2 percent of people suffer from internet addiction at any given time. Some people might roll their eyes at a concept like internet addiction, but it’s actually becoming a major problem. Recently, a group of investors even called upon Apple to begin putting more money behind research on childhood internet addiction, citing the issue as a major problem for today’s young children and teens.

Here are a couple of reasons you might want to consider unplugging this weekend:

  • The light from screens has been shown to activate the nervous system. In addition to keeping you awake at night, this exposure could result in a heightened, anxious state of being.
  • More and more people are now beginning to suffer from anxiety related to social media use. This doesn’t just have to do with screens ó many experts believe that we tend to compare ourselves to others on social media, to the point that it negatively impacts self-esteem.
  • Social media has a tendency to limit face-to-face interactions that build community and foster relationships.
  • Negative media, which is prevalent on social media, is impacting a growing number of people, resulting in sadness, anger and negativity.

How to Unplug

So, you’re interested in unplugging this weekend. How should you do it? For one thing, you can go to†https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/ and sign the pledge to disconnect from your devices from March 9 at sundown to March 10 at the same time.

During your unplugging period, plan a number of healthy activities to keep you busy. Make plans to grab lunch with a friend, cook a fancy dinner with your significant other, take your pet for a walk, head to the gym or any combination of the four. If you feel bored and crave time on your phone, pick up a book or call a friend to chat.

Furthermore, consider making it a habit to unplug for one day a week. Just one day to relax and recharge could leave you feeling a whole lot more positive and refreshed over time.

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40 comments

Amanda M
Amanda M3 months ago

Ironically enough, I already spent that day unplugged because I was too busy doing housework to get online in the first place! If I check my email more than once a WEEK, then I'm letting everything else fall behind. And Anne Moran, I happen to be in my 40's, so forgive me for chuckling at that idea of not having better things to do at my age than "plug in" all the time. If I could form something like the "Wiccan Amish," I might seriously consider it!

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Angel W
Past Member 3 months ago

thanks

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Danuta W
Danuta W3 months ago

thank you for sharing

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Winn A
Winnie A3 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winnie A3 months ago

:-)

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Louise R
Louise R3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Noted.

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Carol S
Carol S3 months ago

I lost electric in the latest storm for 3 days. I was Unplugged Most of the time!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O3 months ago

Read a book

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