Can you survive without technology for 24 hours? No? Then this challenge probably isn't for you. But for those who feel they can live without the urge of poking or retweeting, then get ready to unplug for a day. Yes, it's that time of year already - the digital detox of National Unplug Day.
Celebrating its third year of tearing people away kicking and screaming from their laptops and forcing them to engage in real-life interaction, the event begins at sunset on Friday 23rd March 2012 and ends at sundown on Saturday 24th March 2012.
With 66 per cent of techies admitting to be gadget obsessed, the event was created as part of an effort to encourage people to get back in touch with reality - and reconnect with family and friends away from the temptations of the Internet.
"Shut down your computer," states the pledge. "Turn off your cell phone. Stop the constant emailing, texting, tweeting and Facebooking to take time to notice the world around you. Connect with loved ones. Nurture your health. Get outside. Find silence. Avoid commerce. Give back. Eat Together. "
The campaign was first thought up after Jewish organisation, Reboot, borrowed the idea from the Sabbath tradition - whereby technology is turned off for 24 hours every Saturday. Approximately 1,200 people have signed up to the initiative through Causes.com.
"Technology overuse takes an immeasurable toll on our ability to give time to the things that are most important in our lives," said Tanya Schevitz, communications manager for Reboot. "We can then use that time to be present and engaged in the moments that are happening around us and build meaningful, in-person connections."
"We often seem to forget that we once survived without Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones and the Internet," Schevitz explained. "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."
And just think how much fun it will be to return to all those notifications - oh wait, there won't be, as everyone else will hopefully have taken part in the cause too.
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