National Day of Unplugging promotes digital detox

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March 3, 2011 11:39:50 PM PST
Here's a challenge -- could you give up your cell phones, computers, and social networking sites for just one day? That's a challenge that starts on Friday. It is an annual effort to try something new this year and to get people to unplug.

Annamarie Dunn said she's tied to technology "all day long, every day. I've got a BlackBerry, computer."

Lawrence McNeil from Menlo Park said he is tied to his iPad and laptop.

So ABC7 asked a few people how much time they spent in the technical world.

"I think my phone and laptop are 95 percent of my life," said Nima Moridi from San Jose.

Have you ever thought about reconnecting with the world around you by shutting off everything and going through a digital detox? That means no facebooking, tweeting or texting -- nothing. That is what the National Day of Unplugging is about.

"We felt there needed to be a balance brought back into life and that people could use a pause from technology," said Tanya Schevitz from Reboot.

The non-profit Reboot is challenging people to a nationwide, and even worldwide, to ditch the gadgets and go cold turkey for 25 hours, starting from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

ABC7 asked Dunn if she would be taking part in the National Day of Unplugging. She replied, "It's Friday to Saturday? Probably not."

But to make things a little easier, Reboot has created an app called 'Sabbath Manifesto' to help those suffering from tech withdrawal. The app sends a message to your Facebook and Twitter pages, letting your friends know, you've checked out for the National Day of Unplugging. Once you re-connect and start posting again, the message disappears.

"We absolutely recognize the irony that we're using a high-tech device to promote a low-tech day, but that's the best way to get the word out," said Tanya Schevitz from Reboot.

It was enough to convince some die-hard tech addicts to step up to the challenge.

"I'll do it!" said Lawrence McNeil from Menlo Park.

They even downloaded the app on the spot. But for others, there was no budging.

"I'm just too attached to my phone," said Sarah Pinocchio from San Jose.

"I think...good luck!" said Dunn.

National Day of Unplugging started last year.


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